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Green Chinese Jar

1924 Ruth Payne Burgess Born: Montpelier, Vermont 1865 Died: New York, New York 1934 oil on canvas 24 1/8 x 16 1/8 in. (61.2 x 41.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.10 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52A


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This painting shows a large pale green urn and a small figure of a Chinese scholar. After the fall of the Qing, China’s last imperial dynasty, hundreds of thousands of porcelains, paintings, and sculptures made their way out of China and into Western hands. A Chinese jar described as “pale green . . . on an ebony standard” was given as a gift at the society wedding of Countess Alice S. Szechenyi and Count Bela Hadik in 1931. Ruth Payne Burgess’s painting reflects the vogue among fashionable ladies of the 1920s for “Oriental” gowns and interiors.

Keywords

Still life - art object - sculpture

Still life - other - container

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Ruth Payne Burgess

Born: Montpelier, Vermont 1865 Died: New York, New York 1934