Circa 1860 China
A Qing Dynasty Famille Rose Beaker Vase
Height 16 inches (40.64 cm)
A famille rose beaker vase of good scale decorated throughout with floral vignettes and birds of paradise.
Famille rose, ‘the pink family’, was first introduced to the genre of Chinese ceramics in the first quarter of the 17th century. The palette of soft pinks, yellows and greens on a white, clean background was largely influenced by a European (more specifically French) taste. The Macaron-like shades of the famille rose alined neatly with the mode of the Rococo, fashionable in France at the time. Contrary to the famille verte palette of the previous era, famille rose designs could be fired at a lower temperature, allowing for softer shades to survive the firing process.
This beaker vase is of very good scale and has a well proportioned bulbous centre. Its fine decoration of flowers, birds and butterflies was applied according to European tastes.