Pair of Miniature Vases with Birds and Chrysanthemums

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The chrysanthemum is considered one of the "Four Noble Gentlemen" along with plum, orchid, and bamboo.


In the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), imperial patronage and a growing urban population encouraged consumption of luxury goods and local craftmanship. Luxury items became more affordable to larger parts of the society, including women, merchants, and literati in non-official positions. This pair of miniature porcelain vases with famille rose overglaze enamel decoration illustrates some of the highest technical accomplishments in Qing porcelain production.
Pair of Miniature Vases with Birds and Chrysanthemums

Pair of Miniature Vases with Birds and Chrysanthemums


China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen kilns, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Qianlong mark and reign (1736-95)

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