Description & Technical information

Qianlong mark and period
A fine and rare painted enamel vase, supported on a waisted foot, the vessel flares to a short rounded shoulder and terminates in a waisted neck. It is painted in shades of cobalt blue with an island, with pavilions, terraces and a ceremonial column (huabiao), rising from crested waves, and with rocks in the foreground and a crane flying amid clouds above. The continuous scene is bordered by lappet bands and key-fret to the mouth and foot. The interior is covered with pale turquoise enamel. The white base is painted with the four-character mark of the Qianlong Emperor within a double square in red enamel, and of the period. Illustrated: Gillingham, Chinese Painted Enamels, no. 72, p. 62. Such vases of this shape and with continuous landscape decoration are very rare but for a larger example in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, see Zhongguo Meishu Fenlei Quanji: Zhongguo Jinyin Boli Falangqi Quanji, Vol. 6, no. 162, p. 106.

Period:  18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: Painted enamel on copper
Dimensions: 10 cm (3⁷/₈ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art