A very large and rare painted enamel 'European-subject' baluster vase Qianlong
Lot 412
A very large and rare painted enamel 'European-subject' baluster vase
Qianlong
Sold for £25,000 (US$ 40,126) inc. premium

Lot Details
A very large and rare painted enamel 'European-subject' baluster vase
Qianlong
The flaring neck finely enamelled between the scrolling handles with delicate shaped medallions of birds in flight above flowering sprays issuing from craggy rocks, all within elaborate frames and reserved on a bright yellow ground embellished with butterflies amongst scrolling leafy peony, prunus and formal lotus, the high-shouldered body with large medallions of Europeans framed by rocaille borders beneath a raised mid-section decorated with stylised chilongs on a pink ground, the dish-shaped rim and foot each with a key-fret border, carved gilt wood stand.
65.2cm (25 5/8in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 畫琺瑯開光西洋人物圖雙耳瓶

    Despite the misconception that the Qianlong Emperor was uninterested in Europe, he was in fact so fascinated by European art and design that he even built a European palace in the Yuanming yuan 圓明園. The present lot reflects the fascination and taste for all things European.

    The large medallions depict 18th century Europeans on a veranda; ladies performing their morning ritual of combing their hair as well as embroidery. The rocaille borders are also imitative of 18th century European design and architecture found also in the Yuanming yuan. For examples of painted enamel jars depicting Europeans in the Palace Museum collection, see the Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Enamels 5, Beijing, 2001, pp.101-105; 196-199.

    The raised mid-section is imitative of porcelain vases made in the same period. see for example, Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours: The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 276, pl. 252. and also Porcelains with Cloisonne Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration: The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, p.155, pl.137.
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