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Folded-Rim Basin with Canton-Enamel Reserved Panels of Flowers and Figures

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Period: Qianlong reign (1736–1795), Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Dimensions: height: 12.8 cm; mouth diameter: 40.8 cm; foot diameter: 20.6 cm

This basin has an open mouth, folded rim, deep basin with curved walls, and a hidden, round foot. The entire vessel is covered with white glaze. The panels feature abundant designs of figures, flowers, and birds. The exterior walls have three evenly spaced floral sprays. The folded rim has six rectangular panels, each filled with flowers and birds, divided by the motif of butterflies among a hundred flowers, and completed with gold outlining. The interior walls have six fan-shaped panels with three featuring figures in courtyards and the remaining alternating three panels with butterflies and ladybugs among flowers. The six panels are encompassed by green tendrils. The center of the interior has four fan-shaped panels around one circular panel. The four panels feature figures in courtyards and birds among flowers with green tendrils between the panels and gold outlining. The central, circular panel is ornamented with flowers, birds, and butterflies.

Chinese entry by Ji Luoyuan
Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu


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