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Rose family covered jar
AMM K-571
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The jar is a representative object from the rose family production which was very popular in the 18th Century because of its new technology. The snow-white glaze of the surface reflects not only the philosophical idea of Yang but it also serves as a magnificent background for the decorative composition of pink, blue, green and yellow colours. The subjects of the composition are connected with Chinese literature. Three maidens of honour on decorative clouds are depicted on one side and a nobleman rider with a servant who is holding a baldachin on the other side. The figural composition excellently harmonizes with the background and is made in a fine free hand style. The neck and the base of the jar are decorated with ornamental bands and the cover with a flower motive.

History of the Object
The Chinese craftsmen began to use the rose colour in about 1685 and called it "yang cai” that means "foreign colour” as it was introduced from Europe. Later on during the reign of Yongzheng(1722-1735) in the Qing Dynasty rose family porcelain became especially popular and achieved a high technical and artistic level.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Porcelain, overpaint, polychromes 
Measurements
h 44 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; Qing Dynasty 
Function
artwork 
Acquisition
In the museum collection from 1947. 
Copyright
Latvian National Museum of Art, Latvia 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, Latvian National Museum of Art, Latvia 
Museum
Art Museum Riga Bourse 
Credit line
 

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