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Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware

Blue-and-white ware is named for a cobalt blue pigment used in its decoration. The pure white body provided by porcelain serves as a brilliant contrast for varying shades of striking cobalt blue paint, which is applied directly on the body; when fired, the vitrified surface looks as if it has been coated with a clear glaze. This technique was first developed at the Jingdezhen kilns in southeast China in the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368), when trade routes with western Asia were active and cobalt could be imported from Persia, although indigenous sources were later discovered. Jingdezhen has continued to dominate the production of Chinese blue-and-white ware down to modern times. These beautiful wares were later replicated in other Asian and European ceramics.

Much of the earliest Chinese blue-and-white pottery has been found outside the country with decoration that suggests it catered to foreign rather than domestic tastes, supporting the theory that it was at first created primarily for export. Making its way to Southeast Asia in the fourteenth century, blue-and-white ware informed Vietnamese pottery traditions. It became popular in Japan during the seventeenth century, when Arita porcelain factories located on the Southern island of Kyûshû produced much of these wares. Like in China, many Japanese porcelains were made for export to Western markets through the Dutch East India Company. Later, as domestic demand increased, designs drew more heavily on Japanese themes and tradition. Chinese blue-and-white ware has also informed Thai (Sawankhalok) and Dutch Delft ceramic traditions.

This jar has a long and upright mouth with a robust shoulder that give way to a body tapering toward the base. The crane, cloud, pine tree and rock are painted with blue and red copper pigment.<br />
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This jar was produced at a kiln in Bunwon-ri, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do after the privatization of official court kilns in 1883. Ten longevity symbols, including pine trees, rocks, lingzhi fungus, deer, cranes, clouds and bamboo, are decorated in cobalt-blue and copper-oxide pigment was used in parts to decorate the jar. Such jars featuring the ten longevity symbols were often used at events such as elder statesmen&rsquo;s gathering (giroyeon) and 60th birthday parties (hoegabyeon). Crackles were formed on the mouth and body, which are contaminated with impurities, but it remains intact overall. The foot retains traces of coarse sand supports, but lots of cracks were formed.<br />
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.169]
Korean
Blue-and-white balustrade jar with design of stag, crane, and pine tree
1850 – 1899
porcelain with blue and iron brown underglaze painting
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
1972/2.81
Japanese
Blue-and-white bowl with floral and landscape designs
porcelain with blue overglaze painting
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1954/1.545
A very small cup of a rounded shape with a slightly everted rim, standing on a relatively high, straight foot. The exterior of the bowl is decorated in two horizontal registers with geometric and abstracted natural motifs drawn with a very free hand in cobalt blue pigment, before a white glaze was applied to the whole cup. The interior of the foot is glazed brown.
Kiln Unknown, Vietnam
Blue-and-white cup with brown glaze inside foot
16th century
stoneware with blue underglaze painting
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1993/2.21
Japanese
Blue-and-white plate with painting of figures in a landscape
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
1 15/16 in. x 12 in. x 12 in. ( 5 cm x 30.48 cm x 30.48 cm )
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
A porcelain hemispherical bowl on a footring with bands of underglaze cobalt blue floral scroll meander around the exterior body and around the interior rim. The interior has a larger floral pattern against a smaller floral background pattern and is covered in a clear glaze.
Chinese
Bowl
porcelain with glaze and underglaze
3 in x 5 3/4 in x 5 3/4 in (7.62 cm x 14.61 cm x 14.61 cm)
Gift of Mr. Jennis R. Galloway
A small, flat-bottomed stoneware jar, with nearly straight sides flaring out to shoulders only slightly broader than the base, and narrowing to a short neck with an everted rim. The decoration consists of broad horizontal bands of cobalt blue pigment at the base, on the shoulder, and at the neck. The overall glaze, normally a whitish color, is a light brown here, possibly because of less than ideal conditions in the kiln.
Kiln Unknown, Vietnam
Blue-and-white storage jar
1200 – 1499
stoneware with blue underglaze painting
Gift of the William T. and Dora G. Hunter Collection
2002/2.21
A small, slightly squat, globular stoneware jar, resting on a broad and short foot, with a short, narrow neck rising to hold a slightly domed lid. There are three small lug handles at the shoulder, allowing the jar to be carried by a cord. The jar is decorated with three horizontal zones of decoration, either floral or abstract designs drawn freehand in cobalt blue pigment before a translucent glaze was applied to the entire vessel.
Kiln Unknown, Vietnam
Blue-and-white small lidded jar with three lug handles
stoneware with blue underglaze painting
3 3/8 in. x 3 3/4 in. x 3 3/4 in. ( 8.5 cm x 9.6 cm x 9.6 cm )
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
A small, stoneware jar of squat proportions, with a narrow, upright neck and a short, cylindricrical foot. The jar is decorated with loosely drawn floral patterns in cobalt blue underneath an overalll whitish glaze.
Kiln Unknown, Vietnam
Blue-and-white miniature jar with stylized floral design
stoneware with blue underglaze painting
2 3/16 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (5.4 x 6.3 x 6.3 cm)
Gift of the William T. and Dora G. Hunter Collection
A porcelain large bowl with gently curved interior and straight flaring rim, on a foot ring with kiln grit residue.  It is painted with underglaze cobalt blue to depict a duck in a landscape in the central image surrounded by a border of six groupings of plants, and around the rim eight foliate-shaped reserves frame a floral spray against a patterned ground.  It is covered in a clear glaze with fine crackle.
Chinese
Bowl
1580 – 1650
porcelain, underglaze, glaze
Gift of the William T. and Dora G. Hunter Collection
2002/2.8
A small hemispherical bowl with everted rim on a straight footring, decorated with underglaze cobalt blue. The exterior depicts the <em>bagua, </em>or eight trigrams of the I Ching, around the rim, surrounded by stylized clouds with silk-worm pattern band around the interior rim. The bowl is covered in a clear glaze. 
Chinese
Bowl
porcelain with glaze, and underglaze
3 5/8 in x 7 1/8 in x 7 1/8 in (9.21 cm x 18.1 cm x 18.1 cm)
Gift of Mr. Jennis R. Galloway
A porcelain globular jar tapering to foot with a short neck with copper-wire repair, and a domed cap lid. It is painted with multiple shades of underglaze blue to portray peony meander around the body between lappet borders around the shoulder and foot, then covered in a clear glaze.
Chinese
Jar
porcelain with underglaze, and glaze
6 in x 4 5/8 in x 4 5/8 in (15.3 cm x 11.7 cm x 11.7 cm);6 1/4 in (15.8 cm);5 15/16 in (15 cm);6 13/16 in (17.3 cm)
Gift of the Estate of Hobart Taylor, Jr.
Dutch
Blue-and-White Small Delftware Bowl
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
Gift of Ellen and Richard Laing
2006/2.57

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