Jar with Flowers, Rocks and Pheasants

Jar with Flowers, Rocks and Pheasants



Enameled porcelain, with susancai (plain three-color) decoration

Diameter: 35.5 cm (14 in.); Diameter of mouth: 21.8 cm (8 9/16 in.); Overall: 42.3 cm (16 5/8 in.)

Bequest of Nicholas J. Velloney 2003.258



In the Qing dynasty, art reached a high standard of technical perfection despite a tendency for extravagance and exaggerated ornament. This jar with susancai (plain three-color) decoration uses shades of light green, purple, and yellow, but no red. The vase features a pair of pheasants looking at each other among flowering plants, such as peonies and magnolia. The porcelain painter used fine dark outlines in a more graphic style to delineate motifs, to texture rocks, and depict minute details such as holes in weathered leaves of plants.

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