Blue-and-white vase, China

Blue-and-white vase, China

Blue-and-white vase
China, Jingdezhen
1685-1720
Porcelain, painted under the glaze
Museum no. C.859-1910
George Salting Bequest

This vase shows Chinese blue-and-white at its most technically impressive. The decoration illustrates a popular love story.

The vase was made during the reign of Kangxi, China's longest-ruling emperor. Kangxi brought stability to China and encouraged the manufacture of ceramics for export. This vase was made not specifically for the West, but is of a type recorded in European princely collections.