The modeling of the rocks and mountains—with dark brushstrokes along the contours leading to white highlights—helps date this large Vase to the beginning of the eighteenth century, in the later part of the reign of the Kangxi emperor. The gnarled pine trees, flying cranes, and deer are Chinese symbols of long life, and they give this wild mountain landscape a magical atmosphere.
Porcelain with cobalt underglaze decoration
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Rouleau Vase, 1662-1722. Porcelain with cobalt underglaze decoration, 18 1/4 x 7 in. (46.4 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 32.1043. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 32.1043_acetate_bw.jpg)
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Plate-like mouth which flares slightly; thick neck; ovoid tubular belly that slightly contracts downward; outward flaring base of foot; raised circular foot (two layered). Cobalt-blue underglaze decoration: fret-pattern (hui wen) on mouth and neck, spiral pattern, ruyi pattern. Body has pine, sparrow, and deer motifs on belly, symbolizing long life. Base has double circles in cobalt-blue underglaze. Besides the unglazed base of circular foot, clear glaze covers entire vessel. Display ware.
Condition: Intact. Base has several lines on base.
Old Accession Card:
Large club-shaped vase with a very broad slightly spreading foot, a tall almost cylindrical body contracted a little at the bottom and with rounded shoulders, and neck of medium height and width ringed with a low ridge around the center and with a cup-shaped mouth. Occasionally pitted white glazed porcelain decorated on the body with a design of deer and cranes, symbols of longevity, in a rocky pine-clad landscape, painted in broad graded washes of a clear underglaze blue. On the neck are ju i heads, scroll, fret, and circle and dot borders and on the mouth rim another fret border, penciled in underglaze blue. The inside and the base are glazed white and on the base is an empty double ring in underglaze blue. The foot has been cut back a little on the outside.
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