Blue-and-white vase with large floral designs

Accession Number

Blue-and-white vase with large floral designs


Artist Nationality
Korean (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
late 19th century

Medium & Support
porcelain with blue underglaze painting

10 1/4 x 6 15/16 x 6 15/16 in. (26 x 17.5 x 17.5 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Reverend and Mrs. Philip L. Schenk for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection

Subject matter
This is a typical bottle type of the late Joseon period, having the characteristic features of a long, thin neck and flat oval body. The bottle was likely produced at the Bunwon-ri kilns in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do Province.

Physical Description
It has a long, thin neck and flat oval body. The wide foot is rather shallow but deeply recessed on the underside. The entire of surface is decorated with peony blossom design printed in cobalt blue sigment.

This is a long-necked white porcelain bottle with peony sprays wrapping around the entire body. The white porcelain background is bright in colour, while the light and dark contrasts of the peony pattern give its flowers a three-dimensional appearance. There are sand spur marks on the foot, and on the outer base are incised symbols. Such marks are found in the waste deposits of kilns in Bunwonri, Gwangju-gun, Gyeonggi-do at the end of the 19th century. The mouth has been severed lost. This is a high-quality white porcelain bottle, with well sintered clay and glaze, but the rim has been severed and lost.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.179]

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Paeonia (genus)
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4 Related Resources

Cobalt & Blue
(Part of: Exchange and Influence on Global Trade Routes)
Cabinet L: Shelf 2
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)
Blue and White Ware
(Part of: Tremel Ceramic Production Collection)

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 2nd floor ➜ 205 (Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery) ➜ Cabinet L ➜ Shelf 2