Description & Technical information

The vase is enamelled in tomato-red, aubergine, pink, blue, two shades of green and gold on a turquoise ground. The bulbs are each decorated with scrolling lotus and other flowers, and bats, between lappet bands, and with four characters, those on the upper bulb reading Da, and those on the lower Ji. The interior is covered with turquoise enamel and the rims are gilt. Da Ji can be translated as great auspiciousness. A painted enamel double-gourd vase with similar decoration is illustrated in Yang, Tributes from Guangdong to the Qing Court, no. 43, p. 83; for Qianlong vessels with related decoration, see Wu, Masterpieces of Chinese Enamel Ware in the National Palace Museum, no. 46; and Zhongguo Meishu Fenlei Quanji: Zhongguo Jinyin Boli Falangqi Quanji, Vol. 6, no. 235, p. 152, in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing. Such Da ji vases can also be found in other materials: see, for example, American Art Galleries, Illustrated Catalogue of the Remarkable Collection of the Imperial Prince Kung of China, no. 360, a pair of inlaid gilt-bronze wall vases; Carved Lacquer in the Collection of the Palace Museum, no. 389, a carved red lacquer version; and Rawski and Rawson, China: The Three Emperors 1662–1795, no. 286, p. 370, a gold perfumer in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Date:  18th century
Period:  1600-1750, 1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: Painted enamel on copper
Dimensions: 33.7 cm (13¹/₄ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art