Porcelain vase of ovoid form with short neck and thickened mouth-rim. The vase has a fine white body and 'chicken skin' glaze. There is a shepherdess in Chinese attire with European elements, wearing a hood in 'Gu Yue' style pale 'famille rose' palette enamel on the exterior.
- 1735-1795 (vase)
- 1912-1923 (possibly later enamel)
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 314 millimetres
Inscription CommentTwo seal characters in rose enamel to the right of the figure.
Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-95Room 95 label text:
Vase with a shepherdess
Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong emperors ordered glazed and biscuit-fired porcelains from the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen. These were then decorated in the Palace in琺瑯彩 (falangcai ‘foreign colours’). The palette, textures and application of the enamels are rather different from those used at Jingdezhen. Porcelain decorators, within the Qing palace, often employed a style of painting which uses perspective, in the manner of a contemporary 18th century European painting. This Qianlong period vase is painted in this palace falangcai -style but perhaps later in the Qing or even Republican period. The subject of three sheep is a visual pun meaning 三陽開泰 (san yang kai tai 'the male force in the universe').
Porcelain with fencai (famille-rose) enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, AD 1736–95 (porcelain)
Possibly Republican period, about 1912–1923 (enamels)
Lady David 1973 records: From the Reginald Cory Collection. PDF card: Reginald Cory Collection.
Porcelain vase of ovoid form with short neck and thickened mouth-rim. Fine white porcelain with 'chicken skin' glaze decorated in pale 'famille rose' enamels in 'Gu Yue' style with a figure of a shepherdess in Chinese attire with European elements, and wearing a hood.
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