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Chinese Rose Medallion Vases 

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Scenes of courtly life adorn these rare Chinese export covered vases

Key Features

  • This exquisite pair of Chinese vases was crafted for export to the West
  • Crafted in the rose medallion style, these vases display intricate scenes of courtly life
  • Colorful flora and fauna are rendered with famille rose overglaze
  • Rococo Revival bases complement these excellent covered jars
  • Circa 1870
  • Vases: 24 1/2" high; Bases: 15" high

Item Details

  • Height:
    24 1/2; Bases: 15 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    China/Japan
This enchanting pair of Chinese export rose medallion covered jars exhibits magnificent artistry and detail. Also known as potiches, these monumental jars are adorned with highly detailed hand-painted scenes of courtly life, populated with courtesans and ministers, surrounded by an abundance of flowers, birds, butterflies and fruit against gilded backgrounds. This stunning decoration is also awash in color, including the beautiful famille rose overglaze. Set upon carved Rococo Revival bases, these intriguing vases are incredible examples of Chinese artistry.

Circa 1870

Vases: 24 1/2" high
Bases: 15" high

Chinese rose medallion pieces were exported to the United States in great numbers beginning in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Depicting figures in mandarin clothes or with other motifs painted inside a frame or medallion, this style was first made around 1850 to satisfy the high demand for imported china that started in Europe and eventually spread to the United States. It was extremely popular from 1830 to 1930, and it was through this exportation that the West learned to know and appreciate Chinese porcelain. 

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