Fine white glass vase, imitating porcelain and overlaid with dark blue glass which has been cut away in cameo fashion. Design of two medallions of five bats in flight surrounding a 'shou' character.
- Made in: BeijingZaobanchu
- (Asia,China,Beijing (municipality),Beijing (city))
- Height: 8 centimetres
Inscription PositionOn sides
Inscription CommentUnmarked. Character Shou on sides of vase.
Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:
Glass vase with bats
This small opaque, white, glass vase is decorated with overlaid blue glass bats. Bats are a visual pun for happiness and five bats are a visual pun for the Five Happinesses 'wufu' - wishes for wealth, health, longevity, a virtuous life and a natural death in old age. The vase is also decorated with stylised 壽 (shou ‘longevity’) characters. The blue-and-white palette evokes porcelains painted in underglaze blue made at Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province.
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period AD 1736-1795
Fine white cameo glass vase, imitating porcelain and overlaid with dark blue glass which has been cut away in cameo fashion. Design of two medallions of five bats in flight surrounding a 'shou' character.
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Object reference number: RRC39720
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