Chinese, Jingdezhen - Vase, 19th century

Chinese, Jingdezhen

Vase, 19th century

Glazed stoneware, 45.7 x 18.1 cm (18 x 7 1/8 in.)

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Object details

Accession number

C1s14

Provenance

Entered Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection by 1915.

Bibliography

Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 21.


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Commentary

This vase was made in Jingdezhen, a city in southeastern China, located on the south bank of the Chang River. Jingdezhen is said to have produced ceramics as early as the 6th century CE. Today, the name is virtually synonymous with ceramics, and porcelain in particular. Jingdezhen potters greatly advanced porcelain techniques, and this vase is an example of a monochrome porcelain, which became popular with both Chinese and foreign buyers. It is produced by incorporating a higher concentration of iron oxide to darken the color of the glaze. The shape of this vase is known as a Guanyin vessel, referring to the Bodhisattva Guanyin who is often depicted carrying a vessel of a similar shape.