Pastel Flower Vase, porcelain,
China: Qing Dynasty, Guang Xu year (1875-1908)
During the Qing Dynasty, opaque enamels were a new contribution to the ceramics industry. Previously, in the Ming Dynasty, the only available enamels were transparent in color and very limited in terms of hues. New opaques were developed in the early part of the Qing period and were used throughout the dynasty and continue to be used today in the decoration of porcelains.
This vase is most likely a wucai vase, which were popular during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Wucai porcelain features rich colors such as red, yellow, green, blue, and purple and can also contain golden and blackish paints, which add to the beauty and flamboyance of the porcelain.
Q: What is another example of a Qing Dynasty Wucai vase?