A very rare doucai and gilt baluster vase  Qianlong seal mark and of the period
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A very rare doucai and gilt baluster vase Qianlong seal mark and of the period
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A rare doucai and gilt baluster vase  Qianlong seal mark and of the period A rare doucai and gilt baluster vase  Qianlong seal mark and of the period
Lot Details
A very rare doucai and gilt baluster vase
Qianlong seal mark and of the period
The rounded body outlined in underglaze blue and brightly enamelled with four alternating iron-red and pink lotus blossoms amidst dense foliate scrolls in yellow, grisaille and shades of green issuing delicate hibiscus flowers, all between a band of pendent gilt ruyi heads at the shoulder and stiff lappets above a key-fret band on the gently flaring foot, the neck similarly decorated with two iron-red lotus blossoms amid leafy scrolls beneath ruyi heads and lappets at the broad gilded mouth. 43.4cm (17 1/8in) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance: an English private collection

    清乾隆 鬥彩描金纏枝蓮紋瓶 青花「大清乾隆年製」篆書款

    來源:英國私人收藏


    The propserity, stability and length of the Qianlong period combined with the Emperor's personal interest and patronage of the arts, resulted in one of the most important periods in China's imperial history of art production both in terms of quantity and in superb quality. The present vase is a magnificent example of the imperial splendour and finest craftsmanship achieved during this period, both in its impressive size and refined and colourful design.

    The doucai style of decoration, whereby the design is outlined in underglaze blue and filled in with overglaze enamel, was derived from the technique of cloisonné introduced to China during the Yuan Dynasty. One of the peak periods for doucai production was during the reign of the Chenghua Emperor, which saw the manufacture of doucai chicken bowls and stem cups prized and imitated throughout subsequent generations. However, whereby earlier Imperial doucai-decorated vessels were restricted to smaller sizes, the present vase, though keeping with a traditional lotus scroll design, is a statement of technical virtuosity, exhuberance and power.

    Compare a related doucai vase, with a similarly moulded shape at the base of the neck, in the Qing Court Collection illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, Hong Kong, 1999, no.252, and another 'lotus scroll' doucai vase also in the Qing Court Collection, ibid., no.255. A further example in the Wang Xing Lou Collection is illustrated by J.Thompson, Imperial Perfection: The Palace Porcelain of the Three Chinese Emperors, Hong Kong, 2004, no.46.

    It is also very rare to find the presence of pink enamel, more commonly grouped into the famille rose style, on a piece primarily decorated in the doucai technique described above. Another example of this combination of decorative techniques, again in the Qing Court Collection, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, Hong Kong, 1999, no.245.
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