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Porcelain with famille rose overglaze enamel decoration
Diameter of mouth: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.); Overall: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)
Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.206
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.
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