QIANLONG 1736 – 1795. Turquoise Biscuit Glazed Porcelain

An 18th Century Chinese Turquoise Glazed Porcelain Vase, Qianlong Period (1736-1795). Thickly Potted with a Translucent Turquoise Glaze That Shows the Porcelain Body Underneath. The Ormolu Mounts Date to c.1800 – 1850.


A feint crack to the neck c.38 mm on the exterior, longer and darker to the interior. The ormolu mount on the neck would have originally had a cover.
Height (Including mounts) : 38.7 cm (15 1/4 inches).
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Ormolu Mounted Chinese Monochromes :
Chinese monochrome porcelain objects like the present example appear to have an obvious appeal to Chinese tastes, however they were very popular in Europe too, especially France. French taste in the second quarter of the 18th century tired of Chinese blue and white porcelain. Indeed, by this time France was producing it`s own blue and white porcelain at factories like St.Cloud, this porcelain, unlike the blue and white at Meissen was not in the Chinese taste, it was normally in European, more specifically French taste. Collectors, like Louis Marie Augustin, duc d`Aumont (1709–1782) amassed large groups of monochrome Chinese porcelain, with celadons as a favourite. These object were made more French, maybe even entirely French, by the addition of ormolu mounts, 43 % of the duc d`Aumont collection had mounts. Their gilded metal mounts matched the sumptuous gilded rooms of Baroque France.
Ormolu, from the French dorure d’or moulu, meaning "gilding with gold paste" is an eighteenth-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze. The mercury is driven off in a kiln. The French refer to this technique as bronze doré; in English, it is also known as "gilt bronze".