Covered Jar

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

Kangxi Period (1662-1722)


Porcelain with underglaze blue, overglaze polychrome enamel, and gilt decoration

22 1/8 x 12 3/8 inches (56.2 x 31.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

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

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Many European royals became avid collectors of Chinese porcelain, including Augustus the Strong (1670-1733), elector of Saxony and king of Poland. This jar, formerly in Augustus's collection, exemplifies the virtuoso technical and artistic abilities of the Kangxi period Chinese potters. On a pale green ground-which inspired the European name for the ware, famille verte-the artist has depicted three animals: a lion, an elephant, and a mythical qilin. While the artist who decorated this piece is unknown, many court painters were employed by the porcelain factory established by the Kangxi emperor, himself a devoted collector of these polychrome wares.