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Photo: Paul Macapia



European factories utilized Japanese octagonal and hexagonal shapes. In theory, if the ware slumped in the firing, it would be less noticeable than on a round shape. Warping is clearly evident in the hexagonal jar, but it was still deemed worthy of decoration. Featured on the jar are long-tailed phoenixes.
Soft paste porcelain
8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm), height
20 in. (50.8 cm), diameter
Gift of Martha and Henry Isaacson
Provenance: Collection of Mr and Mrs Henry and Martha Isaacson, unknown purchase date until December 1969; gift from Mr and Mrs Henry and Martha Isaacson to Seattle Art Museum, Washington, 1969
Photo: Paul Macapia
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SAM's Porcelain Room


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Porcelain Stories: From China to Europe", February 17, 2000-May 7, 2000

San Francisco, California, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, “Uncommon Clay – The English Pottery Prior to the Industrial Revolution”, 1972-3.
Published ReferencesEmerson, Julie, Jennifer Chen, & Mimi Gardner Gates, "Porcelain Stories, From China to Europe", Seattle Art Museum, 2000, pg. 169

"Eighteenth Century English Porcelain: A Special Exhibition," Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, May 1956, no. 66.

18th Century English Porcelain. Seattle: Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Ceramic Society, 1956, p. 41, pl. 9

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