East Asian Art
Large Jar and CoverMade in China, Asia
Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Kangxi Period (1662-1722)
Artist/maker unknown, Chinese
Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration and gilding - Famille verte
1955-50-75a,bThe Alfred and Margaret Caspary Memorial Gift, 1955
LabelMany 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.
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