On November 28 in Hong Kong, Christie's sells as lot 2802 a 19 cm yangcai vase incised with sgraffiato on its neck over a frieze of molded petals, and decorated on its globular body with a circling landscape embedding a Qianlong poem. Please watch the video shared by the auction house.
The very detailed scenery is fully identified : it shows the hill of the Jade Spring surrounded by its lakes, in the immediate vicinity of the Summer Palace, with several pavilions. This spring had been known for six centuries to provide the clearest water in China, which was carried on daily to the palace in mule carts. The site is still prestigious nowadays.
The first Qing emperors had given their full attention for maintaining the salubrity of this water essential to the survival of the city and carried out major irrigation works. Qianlong was aware of its strategic importance. Even before ascending the throne, he wrote many poems devoted to this place and to the peaceful beauty of the surrounding landscape.
This piece offers the full range of the yangcai colors. This scenery is typical of Tang Ying's zeal to offer to the Emperor the themes on which he was most sensitive.
Its terminus post quem is the seventh year of Qianlong, 1742 CE, when the emperor delighted with the beauty of an albarello jar orders to Tang Ying porcelains of various other shapes with scenery, flowers and poems. This theme was still applied four years later. Vases with paneled landscapes of the four seasons are created at the same time.