Wall vases of the Jiaqing period were produced in an array of shapes and designs; see one of ovoid form, similarly painted with floral cartouches against a green ground, sold at Christie’s London, 22nd July 1981, lot 198; and one of rectangular section with a turquoise ground, in the Capital Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics, vol. 15, Shanghai, 2000, pl. 130. Compare also a Qianlong mark and period wall vase painted with floral cartouches, in the Huaihaitang collection, included in the exhibition Ethereal Elegance. Porcelain Vases of the Imperial Qing, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2007, cat. no. 130, together with another pair, cat. no. 132.
Wall vases first appeared in the Ming dynasty, although their popularity increased dramatically in the eighteenth century when they were made in a variety of media. Flattened at the back as through cut in half and often made in pairs, these vases were commonly hung inside sedan chairs, as depicted in the hand scroll An Ice Game by Jin Kun, Cheng Zhidao and Fu Longan, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Paintings by the Court Artists of the Qing Court, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 61.
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