Vase with Flowering Plum

Period:
Southern Song (1127–1279)–Yuan (1271–1368) dynasty
Date:
13th–14th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Stoneware with reserved, carved, and painted decoration on brown glaze (Jizhou ware)
Dimensions:
H. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.87
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 205
A harbinger of spring, the flowering plum is a traditional motif in Chinese art. The lively branch here was created by covering the surface of the vase with wax or some other resist before covering it with a glaze. This technique is typical of the art of the Jizhou kilns, located in the southeast in Jiangxi Province and noted for their experimentation with surface decoration as well as for their tea bowls. Unlike many other ceramic types, Jizhou wares were not exported to other countries.
Private collection (until sale, Sotheby’s New York, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, December 4, 1984, lot 244, to MMA)