Vase with European women and children


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221

Profusely ornate, this vase reflects Chinese interests in European imagery and pictorial techniques during the eighteenth century. Chinese artists used a new palette of opaque enamels to create shading that could replicate Western painting styles. The stippling on the sky and ground, as well as the horizontal lines on the surface of the body of water, may indicate that a European copperplate etching served as the pictorial source for the vignette.

Vase with European women and children, Painted enamel on copper alloy, glass beads, China

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