QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
A high level of craftsmanship was vital to produce such large vases, not only in the potting itself but also in managing the firing of the wood-fuelled kiln. These vases are notable for their finely composed and detailed designs that successfully occupy and enhance the elegant form. A vase of this size and related form and design, but with a lotus scroll band at the foot and flowering branches decorating the neck and cover which is surmounted by a Buddhist lion, from the Mrs. Dick Fitzgerald Collection, was sold in these rooms, 11th May 1965, lot 65. Compare also a similarly composed and enamelled vase depicting flowering peony branches issuing from rockwork, from the Sir Phillip Sassoon Collection, illustrated in George C. Williamson, The Book of Famille-Rose, London, 1927, pl. LV11 (right).
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