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Lantern Vase with Famille Rose Decoration and Sixteen Children Pattern During the Reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty

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During the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1736-1795)

A height of 33.5 cm, an opening with a diameter of 13.3 cm, a middle with a diameter of 17.5 cm, and a foot with a diameter of 12.6 cm.

It is named for its shape like an ancient palace lantern and its painting of 16 children on its surface. The upper opening and the lower foot are short, showing an arc and spreading shape. Its middle part is a long and round belly shape. The vase mouth and foot has green-and-white and light red colored drawings to decorate the same flowers with tangling twigs. The patterns on the belly’s main part are produced with the famille rose decoration. Inside the fences of the courtyard are lawns, fresh flowers, beautiful rocks, banana trees, Chinese parasol, and other scenic elements. Among them are 16 playing children, each carrying toys or other instruments. With distinctive facial features, they are vivid and lifelike, filling the picture with an innocent and romantic ambiance. The vase’s bottom shows six blue-and-white characters that read Daqing Qianlong nian zhi (lit. ‘made during the reign of Emperor Qianlong) in three lines in regular script.