Vase with Lid (one of a pair)

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

19th century

Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration (Famille noire)

21 3/4 x 9 inches (55.2 x 22.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 226, Asian Art, second floor

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The Alfred and Margaret Caspary Memorial Gift, 1955

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On this dramatic black vase a pheasant perched on a rock seems to call to its mate while a single butterfly flutters above blooming peonies, magnolias, and plum blossoms. The floral patterns continue harmoniously on the curved surfaces of the neck and lid, demonstrating the masterful skill of the Chinese porcelain painter.

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