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Glass vase in silk-pouch shape with chi-dragon and floral scroll design

AnonymousQing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736 - 1795)

Hong Kong Museum of Art

Hong Kong Museum of Art

This glass vase resembles a yellow pouch. A silk band in relief ties around the neck. The white glass body is adorned with eye-catching, painted enamel designs that imitate the texture of silk and cloth. The ground, which also imitates brocade, is painted with fine patterns composed of peonies, hibiscuses, peach blossoms, and pomegranate flowers. On top of these are twelve painted chi-dragons that wind around and through the branches and flowers, forming a well-coordinated and close-knit composition. Lively and graceful in form, the dragons also harmonise with the floral patterns on the ground. The vase is a rebus of the Chinese saying, "adding flowers to brocade", meaning "a crowning touch".

This glass vase reflects the intricate and sumptuous ornamental style of the Qianlong reign (1736 - 1796). The decorative patterns are ornate and dense, demonstrating the excellent craftsmanship. The back features a flower bud bearing the reign mark of the Qianlong period. A product of a thoughtful designer, this vase can be said to be a masterpiece among Qianlong glassware.

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  • Title: Glass vase in silk-pouch shape with chi-dragon and floral scroll design
  • Creator: Anonymous
  • Date Created: Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736 - 1795)
  • Physical Dimensions: h18.5 cm
  • Type: Glass

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