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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.881

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1735-1795 (vase)
    • 1912-1923 (possibly later enamel)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 314 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Two seal characters in rose enamel to the right of the figure.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-95Room 95 label text:

    PDF 881

    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)

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 272 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.109, no.113 bibliographic details
    • Lady David 1973 p.26, no.881 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.42, no.881 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.89, no.56, p.123, Fig.14 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case33/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Lady David 1973 records: From the Reginald Cory Collection. PDF card: Reginald Cory Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.881

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.

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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