Painted Enamel Rococo Vase with Begonia Pattern - View 1

The Palace Museum

The Palace Museum
Beijing, China

The vase body, mouth, and foot are designed in the shape of four-petal begonias. The vase has a short neck and a relatively slender body. The shoulders are ornamented with rings attached to animal-head fixtures. The outside of the vase glimmers with a spiraling, asymmetrical, gold Rococo pattern. This ornate pattern is further embellished with hundreds of flowers executed with painted enamel. Two sides of the vase feature panels painted with a Western style landscape, architecture, figures, and scenery. The underside is plain, white enamel with a blue rectangle inscribed with characters in the seal script that are translated as "Manufactured in the Qianlong reign of the Great Qing".
This vase was made in Guangzhou as a special tribute to the palace during the middle of the Qing period. Its enamel is brightly colored and glistens with the typical features of imitation-European wares. Featuring local characteristics of Guangzhou's painted enamels, this work includes floral designs, Western architecture, landscape features, and a mother with her infant. European painted enamels and oil paintings heavily influenced the formation of this type of art.

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  • Title: Painted Enamel Rococo Vase with Begonia Pattern - View 1
  • Physical Dimensions: height: 50.5 cm, mouth diameter: 16 cm, foot diameter: 14 cm
  • Provenance: Qing imperial collection
  • Type: enamels
  • Medium: enamels
  • Dynasty: Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

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