A Magnificent Pair Of Large Imperial Famille Rose Vases
Jiaqing six-character iron-red seal marks (1796-1820)
Size: 68 centimetres (26.75 inches) high
Estimated Price: £800,000-1,200,000

Remarkable survivors of the Jiaqing Period (1796-1820), this magnificent pair of large imperial famille rose vases are the only known examples of their type. They exemplify the exceptional quality of painting and wealth of auspicious motifs on important vessels during the reign of one of the Qing dynasty’s greatest patrons of the arts, the Jiaqing Emperor.

Each vase has an elegantly tapering neck that is applied with stylised archaistic dragon handles. The fine quality of painting evident on the yellow-ground areas presents a range of auspicious motifs, including bats, lotuses and wan characters, as well as particularly graceful vegetal scrolls. The lively depiction of figures in the landscape which encircle the main body of the vases are particularly beautiful; they are painted in Famille Rose enamels which became popular in the Qianlong reign (1736-1795).

The elephants symbolised strength, wisdom and long-life in China and were also a popular motif in the imperial court at this time.