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Rouleau Vase with Kingfisher among Lotus

Rouleau Vase with Kingfisher among Lotus

Rouleau Vase with Kingfisher among Lotus
China, Qing dynasty

Rouleau Vase with Kingfisher among Lotus, about 1700, China, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi reign (1662–1722), porcelain with famille verte enamels

An outstanding object in the Taft collection, this vase is decorated with a scene of a kingfisher perched in a lotus pond executed with hard-edged translucent famille verte enamels. The enameling on this vase, particularly the overlapping layers used to depict the decaying lotus leaf, is technically innovative. Modeling with colored opaque enamels (famille rose) was not introduced until around 1720.

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