Asian Art

Vase with Lotuses

early 14th century

Stoneware with molded decoration under green glaze (Longquan ware)

14 3/4 × 6 1/4 in. (37.5 × 15.9 cm)
Diameter at Base: 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Stand: 2 3/8 × 6 1/8 in. (6.03 × 15.56 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Bequest of Mrs. William H. Moore
The complex of kilns near Longquan in southern Zhejiang Province had started production during the tenth century, but it was only after the retreat of the Song court to Hangzhou in the twelfth century that Longquan became a major center of ceramic production. The Longquan wares were distinguished by their thick translucent glaze, green jade-like color and texture, and fine, light gray body. The kilns achieved a height of production during the thirteenth century, both for the domestic and the export markets. After the Mongol conquest of China and the establishment of Yuan rule, the kilns continued to produce ceramics, particularly large plates and vases for export. There was a taste for more elaborate decoration, and the potters met that demand by using mold-impressed motifs applied to the surface as seen in the floral scroll of this vase.
On view
Yuan dynasty (1279–1368)
Containers - Ceramics

Bequest of Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955), New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 294, ill.

Mimi Gardner Gates, The Communion of Scholars: Chinese Art at Yale, exh. cat. (New York: China House Gallery, 1982), 79–80, no. 33, ill.

George J. Lee, Selected Far Eastern Art in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), 26-7, no. 38.

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