“Soft paste” porcelain painted with cobalt blue under a transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm); Diam. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Lewis G. Morris, 1968
Not on view
In the eighteenth century, the kilns at Jingdezhen began to use a new material to produce porcelains. Called huashi, or “slippery stone,” in Chinese, this expensive material is termed “soft paste” in Western writing. Its appearance in China may reflect an awareness of European experimentation with different materials to produce porcelain-like clay bodies.
Mrs. Lewis G. Morris , Newport, RI, 1968; donated to MMA
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats," August 18, 2012–January 6, 2013.