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Blue and White Bottle with Scenes from a Novel
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Blue and White Bottle with Scenes from a Novel

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Description This bottle shaped vase with a bulge in the neck is an example of export porcelain to Holland. It represents both domestic and foreign designs and tastes, including Chinese images and decorations that cater to a Dutch market. The body is painted with a scene from the Chinese novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms". The character Liu Bei is depicted at the moment his piebald horse vaults him over the River Tan to safety. Pursing him are the conspirators that have planned to kill Liu Bei during a banquet. The landscape of trees and a crenellated wall obscured by a white mist set the scene for the chase. The neck of the vase is decorated with Arabesque tulip motifs, a response to the Dutch attraction to tulips.
Date Description Narrative
  • Masterpieces of Chinese Porcelain. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980-1981.
Provenance William T. or Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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porcelain with underglaze blue
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H: 15 5/16 × Diam: 7 7/8 in. (38.9 × 20 cm)
  • China (Place of Origin)
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