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Vase decorated with Hibiscus, Chrysanthemums and a Poem

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Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Era (1723-1735) ChinaEnamel painted porcelain

This rare vase is one of the preeminent objects belonging to the Chinese Collection of the MKG. It was exclusively used at the imperial court of the Qing Dynasty, and dates back to the period of Emperor Yongzheng (1723-1735). This period of porcelain production is known for the delicate decorations in the subtle hues of the "famille rose". The walls of this vessel have been interpreted like a picture. On a cerulean background, a branch of hibiscus guides the eye from the main decoration on the front of the vase to the poem on the back. The poem is a declaration of the beauty and brevity of autumn blossoms. One of the hallmarks on this vase is that of Tang Yin (1691-1756), the famous director of the imperial kilns in the city of Jingdezhen.