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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 145

Vase

1690-1720 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This vase is one of five forming a garniture de cheminée, an unevenly numbered set of three, five or seven vases decorated en suite, and designed for the export market. They were usually placed together on the top of chimney mantels. Sometimes, especially in the Netherlands, they were placed on top of large cupboards. This set is unusual in that all five pieces are of the same shape rather than being a combination of two different forms. The decoration is in the Imari-style palette of underglaze blue, iron-red, green, purple, yellow and black, with a lavish use of gold. The painters have carefully balanced the bold ground with the finely painted landscapes in the reserves.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Porcelain painted in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels, and gold
Brief Description
Vase of beaker-type, porcelain, painted in the Imari-style palette, Arita, Japan, 1690-1720
Physical Description
Vase, beaker-type, porcelain of elongated ovoid shape with flaring neck, painted in the imari palette of underglaze blue with iron-red, green, purple, yellow and black enamel with details in gold. The dense decoration includes panels of fan-shaped reserves and ribbon motifs with landscapes and floral studies.
Dimensions
  • Height: 40.3cm
  • Diameter: 15.6cm
Dimensions from registers
Styles
Credit line
Salting Bequest
Summary
This vase is one of five forming a garniture de cheminée, an unevenly numbered set of three, five or seven vases decorated en suite, and designed for the export market. They were usually placed together on the top of chimney mantels. Sometimes, especially in the Netherlands, they were placed on top of large cupboards. This set is unusual in that all five pieces are of the same shape rather than being a combination of two different forms. The decoration is in the Imari-style palette of underglaze blue, iron-red, green, purple, yellow and black, with a lavish use of gold. The painters have carefully balanced the bold ground with the finely painted landscapes in the reserves.
Collection
Accession Number
C.1512-1910

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record createdJune 25, 2009
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