The decoration seen on the present vase is also unusual for Qianlong vessels of this type, although a covered bowl of the same period, from the Qing Court collection and still in Beijing, painted with the phoenix design on a yellow-ground, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Metal-bodied Enamel Ware, Hong Kong, 2002, pl. 203.
The colour scheme used on the neck of this vase is also rare, although it is reminiscent of that found on vessels of the Kangxi period, such as the painted enamel bowl with floral decoration on a pale lavender ground published in Enamel Ware in the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, op. cit., pl. 79. Shades of purple or lavender were frequently used on Kangxi vessels, especially before pink enamel was introduced into the Chinese enamellers' repertoire employed by the Palace Workshop.
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