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Madeln Curved Vase- Famille-Rose Olive Vase with Bat and Peach Design, Yongzheng Period, Qing Dynasty



Xu Zhen


1977 –

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    40.0 x 17.0 x 17.0 cm
    Purchased with funds provided by Roger Pietri and DG Wilson 2014
    Not on display
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    © Xu Zhen

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  • About

    The decoration and shape of this vase resemble imperial porcelain of the Yongzheng era (1723–35), Qing dynasty. Peaches symbolise longevity in Chinese culture and often feature in artworks intended to convey auspicious wishes. However, the curved neck is a playful, amusing feature of this pseudo-antique and offers a refreshing visual experience.

    Xu Zhen, a leading figure in contemporary Chinese art, was born in Shanghai and received his training from Shanghai Arts and Crafts College. He is known for creating works in varied media and sizes to challenge conventional styles. MadeIn company was established in 2009. Its Chinese name can be read as either mo ding or mei ding and translated respectively as ‘having no limit’ or ‘being submerged’.

    The art of Xu Zhen plays provocatively with the notion of collision: from cultural ideologies and global histories to the act of creation and power of commerce. These central tensions relate closely to the climate of the early 2000s, a time of unparalleled economic development in China and rapid globalisation. This was the era in which Xu Zhen emerged on the contemporary international art scene as China’s representative at the 2001 Venice Biennale.

    In 2009 the artist founded MadeIn, an ‘art creation company’ that knowingly echoes China’s positioning as a global centre for the manufacturing of goods while also exploring the contested terrain between commercial production and artistic authenticity. This work, along with its companion 'Blue and White Vase with Design of Figures', resembles what is often thought of as traditional Chinese porcelain but was in fact produced in vast numbers for international export. Now closely associated with Chinese ceramics, the overglaze pink and red shades that became known as 'famille rose' were imported from Europe in the late 17th century. The Chinese term for them is 'yangcai' – foreign colours.

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  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

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