Chinese Collection

Dish with Melon Design
Dish with Melon Design

Dish with Melon Design

China
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
early 15th century
Blue-and-white ware, porcelain, cobalt oxide pigment
H. 3 1/16 in. (7.7 cm); Diam. 17 1/16 in. (43.4 cm)
AP 1970.03
Porcelains of the Ming dynasty, namely the blue-and-white wares produced during the fifteenth century, begin a new chapter in the history of Chinese ceramic art.
Flat-Sided Flask
Flat-Sided Flask

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
Round Dish with Pommel Scrolls

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.
Lotus Bowl
Lotus Bowl

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
Birds and Flowers of Early Spring

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
The Three Stars of Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity

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
The Canying Hall

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
Landscape in the Style of Dong Yuan

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
Steep Mountains and Silent Waters

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
Landscape

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
Bamboo, Rock, and Narcissus

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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