This beautiful Famille Rose vase of archaistic hu form with a pair of dissolved dragon handles painted in iron-red (China, 1st half 20th century) consists of thick-walled white porcelain which is hand painted with polychrome enamel colors. The front side of the vase shows a imperial court life scene. The emperor with crown and red dress is surrounded by beautiful women and female servants, serving him refreshments, providing him fresh air with fans or entertaining him in a beautifully furnished tent-like interior.
The back side is decorated with a poem written in black Chinese calligraphy letters and signed with three red seals (unread). The foot and neck area of the vase are decorated with different ornamental bands in shades of iron-red and gilt with jeweled pendants, foliage borders, talismanic ruyi-symbols and peony blossoms.
The basis of the vase bears an apocryphal four-character Qianlong mark written in iron-red seal script on a gilt ground: "Qian long nian zhi". But the vase dates to the Republic period.
Measures: Hight: 31 cm, diameter basis: 13,5 cm
Condition: Very good.