Vase with nine peaches


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221

Featuring a range of opaque and transparent colors, this vase boasts a complex composition of nine peaches, an auspicious motif expressing a wish for longevity. This design was also used in enameled porcelain produced under the preceding Yongzheng period (1723–35). In this new iteration, the branches and leaves are shown in a denser array, the color of the peaches is brighter, and the number of fruits was often increased from eight to nine.

Vase with nine peaches, Porcelain painted in overglaze polychrome enamels (Jingdezhen ware), China

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