清康熙 五彩開光人物故事圖棒槌瓶 |
The Chinese Porcelain Company, Ltd.，紐約，2003年
The pictorial panels draw upon conventions in painting and print culture. Like their two-dimensional counterparts, these are compositionally balanced and their images described in a combination of fine inky black lines, colored washes, and deep-hued accents that contribute precision and dynamism. The figural panels additionally exhibit a sense of depth through diagonals and the use of negative space. The patterned grounds illustrate the artisan's familiarity with contemporary textiles. Intricate stitches of the fabrics are here translated onto porcelain. This rouleau exemplifies the achievement of Kangxi ceramicists in synthesizing diverse media into their craft and pushing the famille-verte technique to new heights.
The vase features two occasional scenes that suggest its intended functions. The scene with auspicious animals and the Eight Immortals hint that the vase was designed as a birthday gift to wish the recipient long life. The image of the richly clad scholar-official bidding farewell to his son before setting off on horseback, may allude to advancement in the prestigious civil service system. The two scenes illustrate the genre of aspirational imagery that was in vogue in the Kangxi period. Wishes for longevity, professional success, progeny, wealth, and other blessings were often expressed in decorative form singularly or in combination, as exemplified by the present vase.