Description This pear-shaped vase sits on a flared foot with an augmented rim. The body is modestly decorated with three sets of double rings. Two pierced lugs flank the neck below a slightly enlarged mouth of similar diameter to the foot. The simple design replicates the shape of ancient bronzes which emphasizes a dignified quality. While the bluish grey glaze and the fine golden crackles of the vase imitate Guan ware of the Song dynasty, the large size and heavy proportions signify a diversion from the delicate aesthetics of Song wares.
- Centennial Exhibition Philadelphia. Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, Philadelphia. 1876.
Provenance Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, 1876; purchased by William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1876; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1876
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