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Cabinet M: Shelf 3

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.

Chinese
Blue-and-white shallow plate with the character shou (longevity), surrounded by 4 crabs
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
Gift of Ellen and Richard Laing
2006/2.53
Japanese
Large serving plate with design of lion romping among peonies
Porcelain with blue and black underglaze painting
2 1/2 in. x 16 in. x 16 in. ( 6.35 cm x 40.6 cm x 40.6 cm )
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Cook
A porcelain fluted bowl with a scalloped rim on a foot ring. The exterior is painted with fish and aquatic plants, the interior rim is painted with a zigzag border. The bowl is covered with a clear glaze.
Chinese
Bowl
porcelain with underglaze, and glaze
3 7/16 in x 8 1/8 in x 8 1/8 in (8.8 cm x 20.6 cm x 20.6 cm)
Gift of the Estate of Hobart Taylor, Jr.
Chinese
Blue-and-white square incense burner
1844
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1985/2.47
A small porcelain box with the base and the lid similar in size and shape, being round and shallow with curved sides.  The base is on a foot ring, painted with underglaze cobalt blue to depict <em>ruyi </em>(as you wish)<em> lingzhi </em>mushroom-shaped clouds and meander.  It is covered in a clear glaze.
Chinese
Box
porcelain with underglaze and glaze
1 7/16 in x 2 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in (3.65 cm x 6.35 cm x 6.35 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
This bottle has a slightly out-turned astragal mouth. Short slender neck and a bulbous body that is rather heavy. The whole foot is rather high and thick. The body is decorated with a simple abstract floral design in cobalt-blue pigment.<br />
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Small bottles with short necks were generally used as containers of perfumed oil or precious liquids. This is a small oil bottle decorated with semi-abstract foliage design in cobalt blue. The foot shows no trace of kiln spurs, while the foot rim is unglazed and reveals the clay body. The colour of the cobalt pigment and the way it has been fired suggest that this bottle was produced in the early 20th century.The lower part of the body was slightly contaminated, but the bottle remains intact.<br />
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.175]
Korean
Small blue-and-white jar with abstracted plant design
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
2 7/8 in. x 3 1/16 in. x 3 1/16 in. ( 7.3 cm x 7.7 cm x 7.7 cm )
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
This small jar features large peony sprays in the center of the body, and above them are decorated a yeoui-head band. This type of the small blue-and-white porcelain jars was popular among collectors thanks to the outstanding harmony of white and blue. This piece has coarse sand spur marks, and red spots are visible on the foot rim. The jar remains intact, and the glaze was well fused.<br />
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.173]
Korean
Blue-and-white small jar with peony and 'cloud collar' designs
1850 – 1899
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam
2004/1.285
Chinese
Blue-and-white covered jar with landscape design
stoneware with blue underglaze painting
6 9/16 in. x 6 1/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. ( 16.7 cm x 15.5 cm x 15.5 cm )
Gift of Professor Charles H. and Katharine C. Sawyer
This small jar features large peony sprays in the center of the body, and above them are decorated a yeoui-head band. This type of the small blue-and-white porcelain jars was popular among collectors thanks to the outstanding harmony of white and blue. This piece has coarse sand spur marks, and red spots are visible on the foot rim. The jar remains intact, and the glaze was well fused.<br />
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.173]
Korean
Blue-and-white small jar with peony and 'cloud collar' designs
1850 – 1899
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam
2004/1.285
Chinese
Blue-and-white covered jar with landscape design
stoneware with blue underglaze painting
6 9/16 in. x 6 1/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. ( 16.7 cm x 15.5 cm x 15.5 cm )
Gift of Professor Charles H. and Katharine C. Sawyer
Chinese
Blue and white porcelain bowl with medallion designs
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
2 3/8 in. x 4 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. ( 6 cm x 12 cm x 12 cm )
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Selections from the Dora and William Hunter Coll...

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<p>Selections from the Margaret Watson Parker Colle...

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

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<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

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<p>Apostle Spoons and American Silver</p>

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<p>Modernist Glass and American Art Pottery</p>

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<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

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<p>American Silver</p>

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<p>Tiffany Glass</p>

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<p>American Silver</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

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<p>Native American Art</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet U: Shelf 3
<p>Native American Art</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 1
<p>The Human Figure in African Art</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 2
<p>African Miniature Masks</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 3
<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 1
<p>The Head in African Art</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 3
<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 4
<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

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<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

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<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

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<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 4
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

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<p>Selections from the Fusfeld Art Collection</p>

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