Vase with peony scroll and landscape panels, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century. Carved red lacquer. H. 18 1/2 in. (47cm); Diam. 13 1/2 in. (34.3cm); Diam. of rim: 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); Diam. of foot: 8 1/4 in. (21 cm). John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913, 13.100.139 © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
06 janvier 2017
The shape of this vase is common in porcelain but unusual in carved lacquer. Its form reflects the experimentation and exchange that characterized the decorative arts in China in the eighteenth century. Unlike most carved lacquer objects, which have a wood substructure, this heavy vessel probably has a support of metal, such as brass or copper.