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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.818

  • Description

    Porcelain bottle-shaped vase with ovoid body. Fine white semi-eggshell porcelain decorated in delicate 'famille rose' palette enamels, in the manner of a European 18th century oil-painting, with pastoral scene of two ladies and a little boy.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 205 millimetres
    • Diameter: 103 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        乾隆年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Qianlong nianzhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Qianlong reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character mark within a double square in iron-red enamel
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:

    PDF A818

    Falangcai vase with European ladies and a boy


    This bottle-shaped vase is made of a fine, white, almost eggshell-like porcelain. Its glaze is quite unlike any other in the Sir Percival David Collection. Porcelain decorators, within the Qing palace, painted it in delicate overglaze enamels to show a pastoral scene of two seated ladies and a little boy. The decorators employed a style of painting which uses perspective in the manner of a contemporary eighteenth century European painting. Many features mark the present vase as perhaps an experimental piece. For example, the pink border around the neck with green shading is rarely used at the palace and never at Jingdezhen. The mark on the base is unusual too: a four-character Qianlong mark within a double square in iron-red enamel.


    Porcelain with transparent glaze made in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, overglaze enamels added in Beijing
    素瓷器: 江西, 景德鎮燒 製; 北京加琺瑯彩
    Qing dynasty, red enamel Qianlong mark and period, AD1736–95

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 94 and p. 317 (Mark p.278) bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.18, Fig.10 (p.94, mark on base) bibliographic details
    • Lady David 1973 p.34, no.A818 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.79, no.66 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.91, no.99 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 pp 50-51, no.A818 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case62

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Lady David 1973 records: From the Thompson McEwen and Martin Hurst Collections. Said to have been brought from China by Mr Thompson McEwen, a "Times" correspondent in Beijing, this vase 'adorned his collection in a remote island off the Scottish coast....After his death his belongings were shipped to England but the vessel was wrecked and many of his treasures went to the bottom, this amongst the number. There it remained for years, but was eventually salvaged. (Scott 1991). PDF card: Thompson McEwen Collection. Martin Hurst Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.818

Porcelain bottle-shaped vase with ovoid body. Fine white semi-eggshell porcelain decorated in brown and delicate 'famille rose' enamels, in the manner of a European 18th century oil-painting, with pastoral scene of two seated girls.

Porcelain bottle-shaped vase with ovoid body. Fine white semi-eggshell porcelain decorated in brown and delicate 'famille rose' enamels, in the manner of a European 18th century oil-painting, with pastoral scene of two seated girls.

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