On View In:
Gallery 218
Artist:   Artist Unknown  
Title:   Plate  
Date:   Kangxi period (1662-1722)  
Medium:   Porcelain, famille verte  
Dimensions:   14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Mrs. Edward C. Gale  
Location:   Gallery 218  

Unlike the monochrome tradition, this finely executed plate represents a less restrained aspect of Qing ceramic taste. Nevertheless, a technical virtuosity is apparent in the overglaze enamels which create a richly varied design of butterflies and flowers on a green stipple ground. A work such as this, eggshell thin and of flawless brushwork, is the reward of 2500 years of constant effort by the Chinese to create faultless ceramics. It is natural that such exquisite objects often functioned as purely decorative pieces.

Object Description  
Classification:   Ceramics  
Physical Description:   Plate, famille verte; K'ang Hsi period  
Creation Place:   Asia, China, , ,  
Accession #:   15.38  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts