Bequest of Emile Leonard Schoppe, 1953.37
The Meiping, for holding flowers, is a distinctive tall vase form with small, contracted neck and mouth and a high, widely swelling shoulder tapering with a gentle concave curve to a flat circular bottom. It is stately and sophisticated with simple yet elegant expanding and contracting contours. This choice, pristine vessel with its sense of natural purity and deep, soft white surface is covered with very subtle, barely distinguishable, incised peony scrolls and bands of floral and vine motifs that do not interrupt the perfection of the vessel’s contours.
Jingdezhen ware made during the flourishing Yongle period of the Qing dynasty refers to a superior, high-fired porcelain. Its distinguishing features include thin walls and a translucent milky-white glaze that was much admired and emulated. Jingdezhen ware inspired the producers of ceramics in Korea, whose fifteenth-century examples rival those of China.