Home > Antiques/Antiquities, Appraisal/Auctions, Asian Art, Chinese, International > A HIGH TECH QIANLONG (1736-1795) VASE THAT REVOLVES


 Christie’s Hong Kong will offer at its auction on June 1st, 2011  a rotating vase with reticulated outer walls and painted interior. Everything is decorated exquisitely with motifs with double and triple meanings, with craftsmanship destined for the Imperial court. According to Artdaily, “the neck and inner cylinder are one piece while the reticulated outer walls, base, and foot form the envelope within which it revolves. A porcelain cone placed in the centre between the bases of the outer and inner sections provides the pivot on which the latter is able to rotate. It would have been necessary that no part of the vases should distort during firing; that all the sections should shrink the same amount in the firing; and that the revolving section should not become stuck to the rest of the vase during or after the assembly process. This would be a tall order for a vase that was only fired once, but the current vase and other similar vessels, such as those preserved in the Imperial collections, are decorated in enamels, which required an additional firing at a lower temperature.  Not content with making a vase that revolved, the ceramicists who produced this vase added a further degree of difficulty to their task by piercing the outer shell in order to create a reticulated pattern and to allow the decoration of the inner wall to be seen. The design of the reticulated roundels in the outer shell had to be very carefully balanced so as not to result in distortion or collapse of the outer wall during firing. ”

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