Porcelain painted with sepia and colored enamels over a transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm); Diam. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harleigh G. Wathen, 1968
Not on view
Early in the twentieth century, under the auspices of Yuan Shikai, some ceramics of surprisingly fine quality were produced at the Jingdezhen kilns of Jiangxi Province. Yuan had been named president of the Chinese Republic in 1912, and his ambitions to become emperor were realized in December 1915, when he "accepted" the throne. His reign was short-lived, however, as he died in June 1916. This pair of vases have mirror-image designs that have been painted over the glaze in sepia and black pigments with minute attention to detail. They are marked on the base with Yuan Shikai's reign title, Hongxian, and they stand as proof of a degree of excellence in ceramic manufacture that is generally unexpected in wares of this period.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking: Hongxian mark (in blue, raised enamel enclosed in blue raised square; fine porcelain).
Mr. and Mrs. Harleigh G. Wathen , New York (until 1968; donated to MMA)
Artist:Date: ca. 1915–35 Accession Number: 68.4.1 Date:ca. 1915–35Medium:Porcelain painted with sepia and colored enamels over a transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)Accession:68.4.1On view in:Not on view
Artist:Date: late 17th century Accession Number: 14.40.424 Date:late 17th centuryMedium:Porcelain painted under the glaze with cobalt blue (Jiangxi Province; Jingdezhen ware)
Accession:14.40.424On view in:Gallery 216
Artist:Date: mid-16th century Accession Number: 17.127.2 Date:mid-16th centuryMedium:Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Accession:17.127.2On view in:Gallery 204