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Pouch-shaped glass vase with chi-dragon and floral scroll design in painted enamels
Four-character mark of Qianlong
Qianlong period (1736 – 1795), Qing dynasty
H 18.5 cm
This glass vase resembles a yellow pouch. A silk band in relief ties around the neck. The white glass body is adorned with eye-catching, painted enamel designs that imitate the texture of silk and cloth. The ground, which also imitates brocade, is painted with fine patterns composed of peonies, hibiscuses, peach blossoms, and pomegranate flowers. On top of these are twelve painted chi-dragons that wind around and through the branches and flowers, forming a well-coordinated and close-knit composition. Lively and graceful in form, the dragons also harmonise with the floral patterns on the ground.
Enamel-painting on glass is a very technically demanding craft, began under the Kangxi Emperor’s reign (1662-1722). In 1696, Kangxi decreed that a glass factory be established. This factory expanded continuously during the high Qing and created large quantities of glass products and gifts for the court. Glassware produced during the reigns of Yongzheng (1723-1735) and Qianlong reached a peak, whether in the variety of vessel types, colouring, composition, or ornamentation. This glass vase reflects the intricate and sumptuous ornamental style of the Qianlong reign. The decorative patterns are ornate and dense, demonstrating the excellent craftsmanship. The back features a flower bud bearing the reign mark of the Qianlong period. A product of a thoughtful designer, this vase can be said to be a masterpiece among Qianlong glassware.
—Collection of Hong Kong Museum of Art