Oval vase with cover

Chinese Export
about 1640


Height: 18.5 cm (7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain, underglaze blue decoration

On View

Art of the Netherlands in the 17th Century Gallery (Gallery 242)


Asia, Europe



Ovoid shape with domed lid. Body decorated in underglaze blue with floral sprays, including cherry blossoms and lotus flowers. The lid decorated with a small figure in a boat with vertical portion of a structure at right, in Ming Transitional style.


Paper label on underside: "Collection G. Ephis"


November 22, 2009, sold by Edward Pranger Oriental Art Gallery, Amsterdam, to the G. Ephis collection (private collector), France; 2012, sold by the G. Ephis collection to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 2012).

Credit Line

The G. Ephis Collection—Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously, Charles Bain Hoyt Fund, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, Mary S. and Edward J. Holmes Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, Tamara Petrosian Davis Sculpture Fund, John Lowell Gardner Fund, Seth K. Sweetser Fund, H. E. Bolles Fund, and funds by exchange from the Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection-Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger