Jar with grapevine decoration

Period: Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)

Date: mid-18th century

Culture: Korea

Medium: Porcelain with underglaze copper-red design

Dimensions: H. 10 1/16 in. (25.6 cm); Diam. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975

Accession Number: 1979.413.2


Like blossoms and bamboo, grapes and grapevines were popular subjects in Joseon ceramics and ink paintings. On this rotund jar, the vines and large leaves are painted in copper red—a pigment more difficult to manipulate than cobalt blue or iron brown. Vessels with similar shapes and copper-red designs were made during the eighteenth century at kilns not linked to the court porcelain manufacturing center (Bunwon).