Porcelain painted in polychrome enamels over transparent glaze
Diameter: 7.3 cm (2 7/8 in.); Overall: 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1971.145
Refined porcelains produced in Jingdezhen kilns were sent to Beijing palace workshops to be decorated in falangcai technique under direct imperial supervision.
The flower-and-bird painting in this vase was intricately executed in colored enamels (falangcai), with careful modeling, shading, and blending of colors reflecting European influences through missionary-artists at the Qing court. The Jesuit artist Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), in particular, exerted tremendous impact at the Qianlong academy.
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