Twin Vase with Floral Designs in Enamel - View 2

The Palace Museum

The Palace Museum
Beijing, China

The lidded vase is designed as a conjoined set. This vase is exquisitely designed with an elegant shape. The two pieces mirror each other in their flaring mouth-rims, contracted necks, slanting shoulders, round bodies, and flaring ringed-feet. The knobs, the edges of the lids, and the mouth-rims are all painted in gold. The interior the conjoined vases and the ringed-feet are glazed in a light bluish-green. The conjoined vases are painted blue and purple. The two colors are interchanged at various segments, while a pattern of flowering foliage ornaments the entire piece. The floral design was created by a metal tool press-rolled on the glazed surface. The rolled designs have the effect of enameling on a copper cast. The underside bears a mark indicating the Qianlong reign as the period of production. The mark is completed in the seal script in a single line of blue—known as underglaze blue. The inscription is translated as "manufactured in the Qianlong reign, Qing dynasty” (Daqing Qianlong nianzhi).

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  • Title: Twin Vase with Floral Designs in Enamel - View 2
  • Physical Dimensions: height: 17.5 cm, mouth diameter: 6.8-4.8 cm, foot diameter: 7.5-5.1 cm
  • Type: ceramics
  • Dynasty: Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

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