18th Century Qianlong Period Export Famille Rose Tankard

19th Century8
Height: 12cm
Diameter: 9.5cm
Standard Parcel
This is a Qianlong Period (1735 - 1796) famille-rose tankard with twisted handle, depicting figures in a garden and a lady with a horse. It is banded with a border of peonies, butterflies and daisies. The bottom is unmarked.
The tankard is in remarkable condition for its age with clear fresh enamels and skilful drawing. The only wear is to the gilt of the handle. There is an imperceptible firing crack at the top (see picture) which does not affect its bright ring.
Famille-rose refers to Chinese porcelain decorated with predominantly pink coloured enamel, made from colloidal gold. These colours were known to the Chinese as yangcai ("foreign colors") because they were first introduced from Europe around 1685. The enamel paint used was originally applied to metal wares such as cloisonné, and was adapted to porcelain after it entered China. The various colour "families" came to dominate production for the luxury market under the Qing (1644–1912).