Stoneware lotus-shaped cup and stand with celadon glaze. The cup is shaped in the style of a ten-lobed lotus blossom. On each lobe lies lightly incised chrysanthemum decoration. The cup rests on a pedestal in the design of an inverted lotus flower, which rises from the dish-like base of the stand, mounted on a fluted foot.
Lotus blossom shaped cup and stand with gently incised chrysanthemum design.
Groups of figures, mostly men, are seated in an interior gathered around tables. In most cases they lean against the tables, principally the table at the back of the room that is parallel to the picture plane, looking away from the viewer. The exception is the man at the center of the composition who is leaning on the table wearing a cap and coat who looks at the viewer as he raises his right hand towards his face. At the right are seated a woman and baby,
In keeping with Whistler's interests in the docks and establishments along the Thames in London, this scene of men and the woman and child at the right gave the artist the opportunity to explore working class labor in London, recalling some of the character studies the Rembrandt executed in the neighborhoods of Amsterdam.
A lightly draped femaie figure sits against a low wall; before her is a tray with tea cups and other items. In her left hand she holds a teacup, which she is lookng at. She stands facing to the right; he weight is on her right leg while her left is raised against the wall on which she sits.
The drawing of this figure is closely related to two others in the UMMA collection: the "Model Draping" and "The Dancing Girl." When Whistler first drew this lithograph, he was was not enthusiastic and directed the Ways to erase the work from the stone; this was never carried out and when Whistler reconsidered the work in 1892 and was pleased to discover that the work still existed. The stone was finally erased in 1903.
22 cm x 12 cm x 12 cm (8 11/16 in. x 4 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in.)
Vase with lid, straight neck, the lower body of the vessel is incised with patterns that suggest plants floating in a watery environment, while the lid depicts a bird that has alighted on a lotus leaf on the surface of the pond.
celadon vase decorated with plants, waves, and bird