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Asian Art

Vase with Dragons and Seasonal Flowers

mid-17th century

Porcelain with colored enamels over clear glaze

17 11/16 × 9 3/8 in. (44.93 × 23.81 cm)
S. Wells Williams Collection, Bequest of F. Wells Williams, B.A. 1879
1928.176
The structured, compartmentalized surface of this gourd-shaped vase—which depicts dragons on the top and flowers symbolizing the four seasons on the bottom—is typical of works produced during the reign of the Shunzhi emperor, before the Qing dynasty took full control of the great kiln complex at Jingdezhen.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Shunzhi period (1643–61)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Samuel Wells Williams (1812–1884) Collection #28; Frederick Wells Williams (1857–1928;) bequeathed to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1928

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.