Exhibitions/ Art Object

清康熙 瓷胎黑漆嵌螺鈿花石蝴蝶紋瓶
Vase with decoration of rocks, flowers, and butterflies

Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
Black lacquer over porcelain, inlaid with mother-of-pearl
H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); Diam. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1879
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 214
The decorating of porcelain with lacquer and mother-of-pearl exemplifies the inventiveness of Chinese art from the mid-seventeenth to the early eighteenth century. Although the vase is not marked, the shape is common among works produced during the reign of the Kangxi emperor. However, it is not clear if the lacquer and pearl shell were added when the vase was made or slightly later. Vases with this type of decoration are found in some numbers in Europe, where they are often known as laques burgautés,a term that was coined by nineteenth-century French specialists in porcelain and that is frequently, and incorrectly, used to describe works in lacquer with mother-of-pearl decoration.
Samuel Putnam Avery Sr. American, New York (until 1879)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mother-of-Pearl: A Tradition in Asian Lacquer," December 2, 2006–April 1, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China," August 26, 2017–January 6, 2019.

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