Small Vase

Chinese, Qing Dynasty (1644–1911)18th century

The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection

This small vase in the shape of a fruit, probably a pomegranate, is decorated with sprays of peaches and the unusual fruit known as Buddha’s hand citron. The clay used is of an exceptionally fine type known as “soft paste,” which was developed in the early part of the eighteenth century. A much more expensive material than the hard-paste usually used in Chinese porcelain, it was probably reserved for small and very choice objects displayed on the scholar’s desk.

Source: Vignon, Charlotte. The Frick Collection Decorative Arts Handbook. New York: The Frick Collection/Scala, 2015.

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  • Title: Small Vase
  • Creator: Chinese, Qing Dynasty (1644–1911)
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: H.: 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm), diam.: 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
  • External Link: See more on The Frick Collection website
  • Medium: Porcelain with underglaze blue
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Childs Frick in memory of Frances Dixon Frick, 1965