Covered Pot with Floral Decoration in Blue, Red & Green

DATE:
1662–1722
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Porcelain
CLASSIFICATION:
Containers
DIMENSIONS:
12 1/4 × 5 × 5 in. (31.12 × 12.7 × 12.7 cm) Pot: 10 × 5 × 5 in. (25.4 × 12.7 × 12.7 cm) Cover: 3 × 3 5/8 × 3 5/8 in. (7.62 × 9.21 × 9.21 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
Wendy and Emery Reves Collection - Porcelain , Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.R.839.A-B

General Description

This vase is part of a set of vases called garnitures. Possibly first seen on temple altars by 16th or 17th century European visitors to China, garnitures of vases became popular items of interior decoration in Europe during the later 17th century continuing through the 19th century. They were assembled from the numerous single pieces imported into Europe for use on mantelpieces, furniture, on overdoor cornices, cabinet tops, as well as on tables and shelves. The arrangement consisted of the covered jar form, as seen here, usually placed centrally and flanked or separated by beaker-form vases (see 1985.R.838) or otherwise alternating the shapes depending on their combinations. Garniture sets of three, five, or seven were common.

Adapted from

  • Dallas Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1995), 98.

  • Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), 188 and 197.

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