Drawing, Design for a Jardinière, 1875–85
This is a Drawing. It is dated 1875–85 and we acquired it in 2010. Its medium is brush and watercolor, gouache, graphite on white wove paper, lined. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
The late 19th century saw an outpouring of new interest in an ancient media: ceramics. Imported Asian porcelains were widely admired, and many manufacturers competed by creating designs that borrowed Japanese motifs. This design for a jardinière made by Vieillard & Cie. combines an iconic blue and white diaper-patterned ground with naturalistic plum blossoms. The imitative tortoiseshell mount and gourd-shaped feet also echo motifs popular in Japanese porcelain.
This object was
Paul F. Walter.
It is credited
Gift of Paul F. Walter.
Its dimensions are
67.5 x 52.5 cm (26 9/16 x 20 11/16 in.), irregular
It is inscribed
In graphite, upper left corner: V; right edge center, 626; lower right: Jardinière; bottom left: no. 9
Cite this object as
Drawing, Design for a Jardinière, 1875–85; France; brush and watercolor, gouache, graphite on white wove paper, lined; 67.5 x 52.5 cm (26 9/16 x 20 11/16 in.), irregular; Gift of Paul F. Walter; 2010-33-1
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Japonism.