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Vase in Melon Shape
Ke 8576
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Ceramics from Korea had no part to play in the export trade to Europe, which is why European collections contain only few objects, which makes this vase relatively rare in our collection. Blue-and-white porcelain was always regarded as luxury ware in Korea; in 1754 a royal edict was even issued prohibiting its general use for the people.

History of the Object
Green glazed ceramics dominated the market in Korea until into the 14th century and were likewise highly valued in China and Japan. It was not until shortly prior to 1500 that cobalt blue was used for decoration, which tended to be sparse and applied in painterly style; it is this very design concept that distinguishes Korean porcelain from that of China and Japan.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Porcelain with painting in cobalt blue under glaze 
Measurements
 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897), end 17th century 
Function
Vase 
Acquisition
1948 from Private Collection 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
Georg Mayer 
Owner
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art 
Museum
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art 
Credit line
MAK 

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