Chinese Collection

Flat-Sided Flask is a blue and white porcelain vessel with an angled, tubular neck and loop handles. It is decorated with a medallion surrounded by geometric and floral designs
Flat-Sided Flask
Flat-Sided Flask
Flat-Sided Flask is a blue and white porcelain vessel with an angled, tubular neck and loop handles. It is decorated with a medallion surrounded by geometric and floral designs

Flat-Sided Flask

China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
early 15th century
Porcelain with cobalt oxide pigment under transparent glaze
13 1/8 x 7 11/16 x 5 1/4 in. (33.3 x 19.5 x 13.3 cm)
AP 1968.11
This elegant porcelain of unusual form is a fine example of the technical and decorative excellence of Ming dynasty blue-and-white wares. The flat-sided flask is known in bronze vessels dating to the sixth century B.C.
Round Dish with Pommel Scrolls is made of shiny carved black lacquer with red layers
Round Dish with Pommel Scrolls
Round Dish with Pommel Scrolls
Round Dish with Pommel Scrolls is made of shiny carved black lacquer with red layers

Round Dish with Pommel Scrolls

China
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
15th–16th century
Carved black lacquer with red layers (tixi)
13 7/8 in. diameter (35.2 cm diameter)
AP 1993.03
Carved, “marbled” lacquer (tixi), a variety unique to China, was made from at least the Song dynasty (A.D. 960–1279) onwards.
The interior of Lotus Bowl is decorated with a combination of scrolling flowers and a wave border, while stylized lotus petals and a key fret border adorn the exterior.
Lotus Bowl
Lotus Bowl
The interior of Lotus Bowl is decorated with a combination of scrolling flowers and a wave border, while stylized lotus petals and a key fret border adorn the exterior.

Lotus Bowl

China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Xuande period and reign mark (1426–35)
Porcelain with cobalt oxide pigment under transparent glaze
H. 4 3/16 in. (10.6 cm); Diam. 8 3/16 in. (20.8 cm)
AP 1970.14
Porcelain decorated with underglaze cobalt was much favored during the fifteenth century, and the color and intensity of the blue are typical of the period. This well-potted bowl is a very fine example of the standard type made during the Yongle (1403–24) and Xuande (1426–35) periods.
Birds and Flowers of Early Spring is a silk hanging scroll with ink and pigment rocks, water, trees, blossoms, and birds.
Birds and Flowers of Early Spring
Birds and Flowers of Early Spring
Birds and Flowers of Early Spring is a silk hanging scroll with ink and pigment rocks, water, trees, blossoms, and birds.

Birds and Flowers of Early Spring

Yin Hong
Chinese (active c. 1500)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
c. 1500
Hanging scroll; ink and mineral pigments on silk
66 7/16 x 40 7/16 in. (168.7 x 102.7 cm)
AP 1982.08
Colorful flower-and-bird paintings were created by courtpainters during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) to decorate the grand halls of imperial palaces, where they could also serve as metaphors for the emperor and his court.
The Three Stars of Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity is a silk hanging scroll, which depicts a trio of Taoist deities who are charged with caring for the well being of individuals.
The Three Stars of Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity
The Three Stars of Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity
The Three Stars of Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity is a silk hanging scroll, which depicts a trio of Taoist deities who are charged with caring for the well being of individuals.

The Three Stars of Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity

Wang Zhao
Chinese (active 1500–1525)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
c. 1500
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on silk
62 1/2 x 37 1/2 in. (158.7 x 95.2 cm)
AP 1985.06
This bold and lively painting by the eccentric artist Wang Zhao depicts a trio of Taoist deities who are charged with caring for the well being of individuals. In popular legend each deity is derived from a historical person, and although grouped as a trio here, each is worshiped separately.
The Canying Hall is a paper hanging scroll  thought to depict the artist's own villa. A scholar plays the qin (Chinese lute) for his guest within a walled enclosure, while nearby a servant can be seen tending chrysanthemums.
The Canying Hall
The Canying Hall
The Canying Hall is a paper hanging scroll  thought to depict the artist's own villa. A scholar plays the qin (Chinese lute) for his guest within a walled enclosure, while nearby a servant can be seen tending chrysanthemums.

The Canying Hall

Lu Zhi
Chinese (1496–1576)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
1572
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on paper
54 3/4 x 27 1/2 in. (139 x 69.9 cm)
AP 1981.15
During the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), the city of Suzhou became the center for a group of painters known as the Wu school. Lu Zhi was distinguished among these artists for an eclectic style that combined elements from both the amateur (literati) and professional traditions.
Landscape in the Style of Dong Yuan is a paper hanging scroll which depicts a tall, narrow landscape crowded with wooded mountains, winding paths, torrents, and leafy trees executed in ink and pale colors.
Landscape in the Style of Dong Yuan
Landscape in the Style of Dong Yuan
Landscape in the Style of Dong Yuan is a paper hanging scroll which depicts a tall, narrow landscape crowded with wooded mountains, winding paths, torrents, and leafy trees executed in ink and pale colors.

Landscape in the Style of Dong Yuan

Wen Jia
Chinese (1501–1583)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
1577
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on paper
65 3/4 x 20 1/2 in. (167 x 52 cm)
AP 1980.01
Wen Jia, a recognized poet, critic, and connoisseur of painting, was the second son of Wen Zhengming (1470–1559), one of the literati artists of the Wu school in Suzhou during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644).
Steep Mountains and Silent Waters is a hanging paper scroll in which a mountain winds vertically up the center of the painting and includes the motif of trees, house, and foreground rocks.
Steep Mountains and Silent Waters
Steep Mountains and Silent Waters
Steep Mountains and Silent Waters is a hanging paper scroll in which a mountain winds vertically up the center of the painting and includes the motif of trees, house, and foreground rocks.

Steep Mountains and Silent Waters

Dong Qichang
Chinese (1555–1636)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
1632
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
40 3/8 x 11 15/16 in. (102.5 x 30.3 cm)
AP 1980.02
Dong Qichang, one of the most celebrated figures in the history of Chinese art, is equally renowned for his vpainting, calligraphy, and theoretical writings on painting.
Landscape is a silk hanging scroll of a vertical landscape of light tonality and linear, spare, ascetic style featuring craggy rocks and gangly trees.
Landscape
Landscape
Landscape is a silk hanging scroll of a vertical landscape of light tonality and linear, spare, ascetic style featuring craggy rocks and gangly trees.

Landscape

Gong Xian
Chinese (1618–1689)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
c. 1650
Hanging scroll; ink on silk
79 x 17 3/16 in. (200.7 x 43.7 cm)
AP 1985.12
The greatest individualist painter of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Gong Xian was well educated, an accomplished poet and calligrapher, but lived essentially as an impoverished recluse.
Bamboo, Rock, and Narcissus is a painting on a paper scroll of wild narcissi and short sprigs of young bamboo growing at the base of a rock.
Bamboo, Rock, and Narcissus
Bamboo, Rock, and Narcissus
Bamboo, Rock, and Narcissus is a painting on a paper scroll of wild narcissi and short sprigs of young bamboo growing at the base of a rock.

Bamboo, Rock, and Narcissus

Chen Jiayen
Chinese (1599–c. 1685)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
1652
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
31 1/2 x 17 1/8 in. (80 x 43.5 cm)
AP 1984.20
This painting of wild narcissi and short sprigs of young bamboo growing at the base of a rock is a masterwork of the artist Chen Jiayen. Forcefully executed with quick, bold brushstrokes in soft, gradated tones of ink wash, the primary forms of the Kimbell painting have a remarkable solidity.

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