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saucer with landscape
  • China
  • saucer with landscape, 1750s, Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
  • Where object was made: China
  • porcelain, glazing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 2 x 11.7 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3/4 x 4 5/8 in
  • Gift of James K. Rowland
  • On view: Loo Gallery, 401, C8
  • 2004.0045
Label Text

Blue on white saucer. Very thinly potted saucer for a tea bowl. The bottom has a low foot-ring. The entire saucer is glazed except at the bottom inside the foot-ring. This area carries no inscription or marking. The interior of the saucer is painted with a riverscape and is bordered with a diamond design along the rim, the center of each diamond painted with a small ornamental dot. The landscape consists of a two-storied pavilion nestled in the rocks, topped by a leafless tree and bent shrubs at slightly right of center. Bent, leafy shrubs also top small riverbanks on each side in the middle ground. The riverbanks show receding shorelines with horizontal lines moving into the distance. The pavilion and rock masses are outlined with darker modulated brushstrokes and filled in with thinner diagonal lines of subtle gradation of cobalt ink washes.