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Jar (China), 18th century

This is a Jar. It is dated 18th century and we acquired it in 1967. Its medium is molded, glazed hard-paste porcelain. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This 18th-century Chinese porcelain jar has an exterior glaze in a color called sang de boeuf (literally, “oxblood”). Impossible to duplicate with minerals then available in Europe, the hue was sought after by European collectors and ceramicists. In China, red has long held cultural significance and is associated with happiness and good fortune.

This object was donated by Unknown. It is credited Gift of Anonymous Donor.

  • Zephyr Clock, ca. 1938
  • brass, copper, bakelite, metal works.
  • Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1994-73-3

Our curators have highlighted 7 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Peacock Armchair, 1950s
  • solid ash, rope cord, and teak.
  • From the collection of Jon N. Streep, given in his memory.
  • 2011-35-1

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 34.4 x 21 cm (13 9/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

It has the following markings

Paper label of the Yamanaka Co. Painted number 20-350

Cite this object as

Jar (China), 18th century; molded, glazed hard-paste porcelain; H x diam.: 34.4 x 21 cm (13 9/16 x 8 1/4 in.); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 1967-48-118-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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