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Garden Seat

Catalogue Description:
From Accession Card: White porcelain with cobalt and iron decoration under a clear glaze. A large porcelain Seat for a gentleman scholar's garden. Its carved, openwork decoration depicts grapevines, grape leaves and clusters of grapes. The surface of the grapes was painted with under glaze iron-brown wash. Stylized "precious things" (coins, jewels, treasure bags) a traditional Chinese motif, were drawn in under glaze cobalt blue on the border below the grapes. Grapes were a popular subject in the paintings and decorative arts of Yi Dynasty Korea. Unlike most of the other animal and plant motifs in Korean art, grapes had no auspicious or protective symbolism. Note: the dynasty is now known as Joseon.

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