At the end of the reign of Yongzheng followed by the beginning of Qianlong reign, while Tang Ying is the Superintendent for Jingdezhen, the artistic creation is at its best. Two variants of falangcai are used, the yingcai in a range of colors close to the wucai of the Ming, and the yangcai that incorporates the most recent invention of the pink enamel.
On October 8 in Hong Kong, Sotheby's sells a yangcai vase with floral decoration, lot 3639 estimated HK $ 30 million, 29 cm high in a nice slightly swollen pear shape, bearing the imperial Qianlong mark.
The background of the decor is a deep lemon yellow, similar to a piece dated from the 7th year of the reign of Qianlong. Realistic flowers in a great botanical variety are the best excuse to offer an interesting range of colors. Their enamel has been deposited on a previously incised drawing, using a technique somewhat reminiscent of the cloisonne on metal.
This piece is very rare both in its shape and its decorative theme. It is probably the survivor from a pair of vases delivered to the imperial collection in the sixteenth year of the reign of Qianlong, 1751 in our calendar.