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A Rare Imperial Famille Rose Turquoise Ground Vase, Jiaqing

A Rare Imperial Famille Rose Turquoise Ground Vase, Jiaqing


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A Rare Imperial Famille Rose Turquoise Ground Vase
Age: Six-character Jiaqing seal mark and of the period (1796-1820)

The compressed globular body rising to a waisted neck and flaring rim, all reserved on a rich turquoise ground and brightly enamelled in iron-red, lime-green, blue, pink and purple with stylised lotus blooms and peach sprays borne on dense scrolling leafy stems, the shoulder decorated with hanging bats alternating with auspicious emblems, all below a floral band at the rim and above borders of lappets and key-fret at the foot, the rim and outlines gilded.

The distinctive applied gilt outlines, painted over famille rose enamel on a turquoise ground, are inspired by the gilt cloisons which form the basis of the metalwork technique known as cloisonné enamel. Examples of this palette can be found from the Qianlong period onwards on vases of varying forms: see, for example, a Daoguang period garlic-headed bottle vase with a Shendetang zhi mark, from the Simon Kwan Collection, included in the Min Chiu Society Exhibition in Hong Kong and illustrated by L.A.Cort and J.Stuart, Joined Colors: Decoration and Meaning in Chinese Porcelain, Washington, D.C., 1993, no.51.

Height: 27cm
Condition: Good with some wear and tear by aging, gilt loss.
Provenance:
Formerly in the collection of a private collector in California USA who acquired this pieces in 1980s
See also a Jiaqing mark and period moonflask illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Porcelains with Cloisonné Enamel and Famille Rose Decoration, Hong Kong, 1999, no.174.