mei p'ing vase is a glorious work of art but not primarily
the art of the potter. The glory of this piece comes from the heart
and hand of a painter.
Whoever he or
she was, whether an anonymous artist in a production line at Jingdezhen,
or a recognized court painter, this is a priceless piece of overglaze
But the work
of the potter, is in the background like a canvas for a painter.
Without the painting this pure white pot would look equally as blank
as a canvas.
Is it then just
like a canvas, only a means to the art of the painter? Or is it
really a work of ceramic art? It is a question.
Then there is
something magically integrated about the piece which raises another
question. Was there a third person involved, a designer-mind bringing
together the potter's skill and the painter's hand?
It remains a
question; meantime we have the reality of a moving work of art.
And there is no question about that.