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Creation date: 1662-1722
Creation place: China

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Type: Porcelain Vase
Medium and Support: Porcelain
Credit Line: Gift of Eugene and Marian Gabrych
Accession Number: 2002.170
Dimensions: 17 11/16 in. x 13 21/32 in. x 13 21/32 in. (44.93 cm x 34.69 cm x 34.69 cm)
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Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Gabrych, Fallbrook, California ( - December 28, 2002)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 28, 2002 - )

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Along with the other two tall vases on the deck, this vase represents monochrome porcelains, which were favored during the reigns of Kangxi (1661–1766) and Yongzheng (1722–1735). According to the eighteenth century official records, there were more than thirty terms describing hue and tone of colors for the monochrome porcelains. Most blue tint porcelains would have applied cobalt, a material that was imported from Iran, Afghanistan, and India prior to the fifteenth century. After the Ming dynasty, domestic cobalt was used for light blue, while imported cobalt was still used for highly refined blue production. This vase, in a rich dark blue, was likely produced with Zhejiang local cobalt after the eighteenth century, when the Chinese improved and refined the process of purifying cobalt to create an intensive blue in porcelains.

Last Updated: 4/6/2018


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of East Asia: China The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/24/2013 - 00/00/00

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013

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