Pair of Beaker Vases

Date: 1662 - 1722 (Kangxi period)

The definition of “porcelain” makes it seem so simple—a ceramic mixed from kaolin (white china clay) and other hard stone (feldspars) heated to a high temperature. From these ingredients derives the most mesmerizing and beguiling of materials. Discovered by the Chinese in the eighth century, the pure and carefully mined ingredients fired at such a high temperature created a ceramic that was brilliantly white and stunningly translucent, yet remarkably hard. This very hot firing caused the body and the lead glaze on top of it to fuse, sealing and strengthening the form.

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Medium: Hard-paste porcelain with blue underglaze decoration

Dimensions: H: 10 3/4 x Diam: 5 in.

Place: China

Accession: 0361.1-2

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Ceramics - Porcelain

Tags: Kangxi Period , Blue , White , Vase

Purchased December 11, 1978 from Rare Art, Inc.; From the collection of Andrew Gaw, London.