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Spittoon, from Spotted Nyonya series

This is a Spittoon. It was designed by Hans Tan.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Hans Tan as part of Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

It is dated 2015. Its medium is sandblasted porcelain.

Tan has used a batik-inspired technique to transform the traditional decoration of this spittoon into a pattern meant to invoke feelings of heritage, consumption, and materiality. Tan masks the outer surface and carefully sandblasts the unmasked portion, revealing the delicate white porcelain below. The process highlights fragments of color from the original surface. The Spotted Nyonya series employs a pattern of dots.

It is credited Courtesy of Hans Tan.

  • Vase (China)
  • porcelain.
  • Gift of Ruth Friedman in memory of Harry G. Friedman.
  • 1966-3-2

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  • glazed, painted and gilded moulded porcelain.
  • Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund.
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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 16.5 × 18 × 18 cm (6 1/2 × 7 1/16 × 7 1/16 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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