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19TH C ROSE MEDALLION / FAMILLE ROSE VASE


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Porcelain: Pre 1900: Item # 1159323
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Canton enameled vase
Mid 19th century
Daoguang-Tongzhi period, Qing dynasty
Porcelain with overglaze famille rose enamels
H: 18 cm
Chip and old repair at rim; no other damage
From a Columbus, Ohio estate


Description & Notes

Decorated in Canton, “rose medallion” wares were made strictly for export. The use of purple, pink, green, and various famille rose enamels in combination with gilt overglaze decoration lent these pieces a bright, lovely look that appealed tremendously to consumers everywhere. The popularity of rose medallion was so great that they came to dominate the look of Chinese export ware during the 19th century, and their high production volume ironically led to their decline. Looking at poorly rendered and rather gaudy late 19th - 20th century rose medallion, it can be hard to understand why these ugly things were even made in the first place. However, early rose medallion pieces such as the vase help us understand their initial appeal: paired with a luminous white glaze, finely painted (seen in the gilt ornaments of the woman's hair and subtle shading on all the robes) rose medallion wares evoke the old stunning romance of Kangxi wucai pieces while utilizing newer famille rose enamels.