A Pair of Mid 19th Century Chinese Famille Rose Vases


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A pair of Mid 19th Century Chinese export Famille Rose Mandarin vases with foo lion handle. This pattern is well known and is one of the three most popular pallets of the genre; others being Rose Canton and Rose Medallion. Chinese Famille Rose porcelain is decorated with predominantly pink-colored enamels which was first used by adding colloidal gold, tiny fragments of gold suspended in water, to the glaze. The technique was introduced to China from Europe during the reign of the Qing Dynasty under the Yongzheng Emperor, who ruled from 1723 to 1735. These vases are sure to be appreciated by enthusiasts of Chinese porcelain.

The approximate weight is 3lbs each.

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions L 4 x W 4 x H 12 in
Style / Period


Year / Century

Mid 19th Century

Place of Origin





These squarish examples were not made on a traditional potter's wheel because they were slab constructed by joining flatten carved sheets of clay and then joined at the edges to shape the body. The handles would be handmade and then applied. The entire piece decorated and fired. There are pinholes no larger than the head of a pin, formed from trapped air pockets during the firing process. No visible crazing or chips. There are visible signs of redecorating areas of wear in efforts to restore the images. In our opinion, not well done. There are no hall marks on the vases, but they have been confirmed to be Circa 1840-1850. We will be happy to provide additional images upon request.

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