A rare and important ormolu-mounted famille rose armorial 'European subject' rectangular baluster vase
The porcelain Qianlong, circa 1750-60, the mounts 18th/19th century
Brightly enamelled and gilt on both larger faces of the vase with a remarkable scene of European soldiers and emaciated families, outside a fortified portcullis gate enamelled at the top with four simulated coats-of-arms, the neck and sides reserved on iron-red and black cell-pattern grounds with smaller cartouches of sages feasting, birds flying from baskets, children playing and elegant ladies at leisure (base missing, some gilding worn, handle extremities removed to accommodate the ormolu mounts).
52cm (20 1/2in) high.
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