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Jar (China)

This is a jar. It is dated 18th century and we acquired it in 1967. Its medium is molded, glazed hard-paste porcelain. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This 18th-century Chinese porcelain jar has an exterior glaze in a color called sang de boeuf (literally, “oxblood”). Impossible to duplicate with minerals then available in Europe, the hue was sought after by European collectors and ceramicists. In China, red has long held cultural significance and is associated with happiness and good fortune.

This object was donated by Unknown. It is credited Gift of Anonymous Donor.

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  • brass, copper, bakelite, metal works.
  • Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1994-73-3
  • Buckle (USA)
  • brass, copper, silver.
  • Gift of Michele Wiener Caplan.
  • 1995-157-1
  • Model #3107 Chair
  • teak-veneered plywood, chrome-plated steel.
  • Gift of H. Mischel.
  • 2009-26-1-a,b

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  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
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Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 34.4 x 21 cm (13 9/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

It has the following markings

Paper label of the Yamanaka Co. Painted number 20-350

Cite this object as

Jar (China); molded, glazed hard-paste porcelain; H x diam.: 34.4 x 21 cm (13 9/16 x 8 1/4 in.); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 1967-48-118-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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