A RARE CLOISONNE-IMITATION WHITE-GROUND FAMILLE-ROSE VASE SEAL MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG | 清乾隆 粉彩仿掐絲琺瑯番蓮花紋雙耳盤口瓶 《大清乾隆年製》款
A RARE CLOISONNE-IMITATION WHITE-GROUND FAMILLE-ROSE VASE
SEAL MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG
清乾隆 粉彩仿掐絲琺瑯番蓮花紋雙耳盤口瓶 《大清乾隆年製》款
the pear-shaped body rising from a splayed foot to a waisted cylindrical neck with a galleried rim, flanked by a pair of gilt-decorated brown archaistic handles, the body brightly painted within a gilt outline simulating cloisonné enamel, depicting stylised lotus blooms borne on meandering leafy scrolls, all divided by ruyi head and keyfret bands, encircled at the rim and the foot with bands of foliate motifs, the front of the rim inscribed in gilt with a six-character seal mark within a rectangular cartouche
24.4 cm, 9⅝ in.
The vase is in good overall condition. There is light surface wear especially around the rim and enamel flakes.
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This vase belongs to a group of vessels commissioned by the Qianlong Emperor which was created to imitate cloisonné enamel. The Qianlong Emperor was particularly fond of cloisonné work which he revived on a grand scale after a period of disregard under the Yongzheng Emperor. He had it imitated in painted enamel and porcelain, where the wires separating the cloisons of different enamels were mirrored by finely painted golden lines, as seen on the present piece.
Although it is difficult to find close counterparts to the present vase known in cloisonné enamel, the shape and decoration can be compared to a pair of vases of similar form decorated with lotus and scrollwork, from an altar garniture attributed to the Qianlong period, from the Qing court collection, illustrated in Metal-Bodied Enamel Ware. The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 2002, no. 138. It is also reminiscent of a Yuan dynasty cloisonné enamel vase from the Qing court collection, ibid., pl. 2.
For porcelain vases decorated in cloisonné style, see a turquoise-ground yangcai vase, Qianlong mark and period, from J.T. Tai Co. Ltd., sold in these rooms, 7th October 2010, lot 2132; and another Qianlong famille-rose cloisonné-imitation bottle vase, sold in these rooms, 3th April 2019, lot 3615.