Green Chinese Jar

  • Ruth Payne Burgess, Green Chinese Jar, 1924, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.10

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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.

Title
Green Chinese Jar
Artist
Date
1924
On View
Dimensions
24 1/8 x 16 1/8 in. (61.2 x 41.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Still life – other – container
Object Number
1929.6.10
Palette
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