Melon-Shaped Ewer

China
Song dynasty (960–1279)
11th or 12th century
Porcelain with pale greenish blue glaze (Qingbai ware)
H. 6 in. (15.2 cm); Diam. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
AG 1976.01
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Qingbai ware, prized for its elegant restraint, was produced near the great ceramic center of Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, in south China. These delicate porcelains are distinguished by a clear, bluish white glaze over incised, combed, or molded decoration. On this ewer, a broad band of lightly incised floral scrolls within a field of freely combed lines adorns the body and shoulder.

Provenance

(N.V. Hammer, Inc., New York), by1973; purchased by Ruth Carter Stevenson (b. 1923), Fort Worth, 1973; acquired by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, gift of Ruth Carter Stevenson, 1976.

Credit

Gift of Ruth Carter Stevenson