China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen kilns, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Qianlong mark and reign (1736-1795)
porcelain painted in polychrome enamels
Diameter - w:7.30 cm (w:2 13/16 inches)
Overall - h:3.50 cm (h:1 3/8 inches)
One of the most exquisitely painted pieces among the Qing enameled porcelains is this small vase
featuring a design of golden pheasants resting on a trunk among branches of peonies. Careful modeling, shading, and blending of colors enhance the pictorial effect, made possible by using a new palette that combines the rose enamel with a rich variety of both opaque and translucent enamels. The impact of European painting styles is evident in the decoration. A poetic inscription and three seals appear on the back.