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Rose Medallion Vases

Pair of fine Rose Medallion Vases

Pair of Fine Rose Medallion Vases

Chinese, circa 1840-1850

Rouleau form with figures

Lion's heads mouthing mock ring handles

24 inches high

Chinese porcelains were first created in the 10 th century. In the 17 th century soft colored porcelains first appeared during the Quing Dynasty (1662-1911 AD) and kilns produced porcelains (like the Famille Rose) for the Chinese royal family and its friends. The Portuguese Established the first China porcelain trading station in Canton in 1556 and trade with the West began shortly thereafter.

From the 17 th through the 19 th centuries European merchants and the Dutch East India Company ordered export porcelains from China and distributed throughout the western world. The porcelain export market flourished at Jingdozhen after the Qing Dynasty.

Famille Rose ( “Fencai,” first made during the Yoagzheng period from 1723-1735) and Rose Medallion (19 th century Chinese export) are from the “pink family” of Chinese porcelains, each having a rose palette. The rose color comes from colloidal gold and many pieces have powder colors of opaque yellows and whites (jen cai). Famille Rose usually is designed with over glaze enamel (Yangcai) figures and flowers and gilt. Rose Medallion usually has a floral design and was fired in various colors of white in Jingdezhen (Jianqxi Province) and was sent to Canotn (Quandong) to be decorated. Rose Medallion usually has 4 alternating panels around a gold circle and often has scroll-like butterflies, flowers and birds with gold gilt. Rose Mandarin is from the Famille Rose family and is designed with human figures. Rose Verte is Chinese porcelain from the “green family,” and has colors of green, blue, red and yellow. It began in the Kangxi period (1662-1722). Chinoiserie was initiated in the 18 th century when westerners made designs for Chinese craftsmen to make in porcelain. Celadon porcelain has a greenish background on porcelain and was extremely popular from 1860-1920.