A Qing Dynasty Famille Noire Square Vase

A Qing Dynasty Famille Noire Square Vase

c. 1870 China

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£1,950 gbp
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A famille noire vase of square tapering form the side panels pierced with figurative scenes.

Famille noir, meaning ‘the black family’, is a sub category of the famille verte group. Though set on a black background, it shares other characteristics of the ‘green family’. The additional black component is created during a complicated process in which green lead based enamel is applied over a dark cobalt ground. During the firing process the two materials merge, thereby creating the solid, dark colour.

The example shown here holds densely decorated panels depicting figures in rich greens.

Height 16.50 inch (41.91 cm)
Stock Code
0106 (02)
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