What Are Some Famous Large Porcelain Vases?


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The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a vase in a tulip shape from the Japanese Edo period as well as another vase from China's Qing dynasty. The Walters Museum has a vase with four animals and another one which has scenes of European women. Two very large blue and white vases dominate John Singer Sergeant’s painting of the daughters of Edward Darley Boit.

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The Met's tulip-shaped vase is a bit over 2 feet tall and is made of porcelain decorated in gold and polychrome enamels. It was gifted to the museum by Mrs. V. Everit Macy in 1923. The other large vase on display at the Met is from China. This porcelain vase has plum blossoms and birds painted in colorful enamels on a dark biscuit background and is from the Qing dynasty. A bequest of Benjamin Altman, it is 28 inches tall and can be found in Gallery 200.

The Walters Art Museum is the owner of another Chinese vase, also from the Qing dynasty, which lasted from 1640 to 1660. It is white with a cobalt blue underglaze and features four mythical animals. They are a tiger, a dragon, a phoenix and a qilin. A pair of 25-inch-tall vases also in blue and white are believed to have been made between 1700 and 1720.

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