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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen (Painted in Beijing)
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 205 millimetres
- Diameter: 103 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationQianlong nianzhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Qianlong reign
Inscription CommentFour-character mark within a double square in iron-red enamel
Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:
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
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.
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.
Object reference number: RRC39736