UnknownQuianlong period, 1736-1795

The Frick Pittsburgh

The Frick Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, United States

These two exquisite vases in the collection are in a shape known as Tianqiuping or "celestial sphere." Their large, rounded bodies provide a wonderful canvas for the naturalistic painting that curves freely around them, rather than in a rigid, decorative pattern. You can almost hear the rustle of the delicately painted leaves. The peaches depicted are a symbol of longevity and good fortune, and nine peaches in particular reference long life.


  • Title: Vases
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Creator Lifespan: Unknown - Unknown
  • Creator Nationality: Chinese
  • Date Created: Quianlong period, 1736-1795
  • Location Created: China
  • Physical Dimensions: h20 in.
  • Type: Ceramics
  • Medium: Porcelain

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