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A red Beijing glass bowl

  • Glass
  • China
  • Qing dynasty (1644-1912)
  • Qianlong period (1735-1796)
  • 7 x 15.8 cm
  • American private collection

Description

The bowl standing on a short ring foot, with a wide belly and an everted mouth rim. The exterior deeply carved with warriors on horse, and a woman with a child outside of a fortress. The base incised with a Qianlong four kaishu characters in a double square mark. The design is probably inspired by a chinese epic story.  

The earliest archaeological evidence for glass manufacture in China comes from the 4th century BC. However, China didn’t show interest for glass and its techniques. At the end of 17th century, under the influence of Kangxi emperor (1661-1722), undergoes a revival. The Jesuits missionnaries collaborate with the imperial workshops and crafstmen develop new techniques. The reign of emperor Qianlong (1736-1795) represents the apex of glassware production in China.   

A red Beijing glass bowl

  • Glass
  • China
  • Qing dynasty (1644-1912)
  • Qianlong period (1735-1796)
  • 7 x 15.8 cm
  • American private collection

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