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"Lotus-Petal" Vase

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Description The chrysanthemum (juban) or lotus (heban) vase shape receives its name from the petals impressed around the base. Its tall body with high shoulders slopes down to a narrow foot and rises to form a slender straight neck and widely flared mouth. This flower vase is covered uniformly with a rich peach bloom glaze, a pink blush dappled with apple red. This spotting was achieved by blowing a copper-oxide glaze on to the vase and covering that with a clear glaze; when fired, the inconsistent spray of copper would create various shades of red or oxidize green. The effects of this copper glaze resemble the skin of a peach (the French peau de pêche) or apple, the reds and greens often referred to as "apple red" (pingguo hong) or "apple green" (pingguo jung).
Provenance William T. or Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Reign Mark] In blue underglaze: da qing kang xi nian zhi
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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porcelain with peach bloom glaze
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H: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
  • China (Place of Origin)
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