Vase with romantic scenes, Porcelain covered with powdered blue glaze, painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze, and painted with gold (Jingdezhen ware), China

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Vase with romantic scenes

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
Date:
early 18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain covered with powdered blue glaze, painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze, and painted with gold (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 17 in. (43.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number:
14.40.239
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 200
The figures on this vase were inspired by illustrations of historical characters in woodblock-printed plays and novels. Such publications became popular in the seventeenth century and influenced porcelain design and other decorative arts.
Marking: Double ring
Benjamin Altman , New York, (until d. 1913; bequeathed to MMA)