QIANLONG 1736 – 1795. Soft-Paste Porcelain

A Fine Qianlong Soft-Paste Porcelain Vase Decorated in Blue and White c.1750 – 1770. Decorated with a Cockerel Standing on Rocks Among Peony and Pine Overseeing a Hen with Her Chicks.


Very good, no damage. The glaze is crazed, this is typical of Chinese soft-paste porcelain.
Height : 30 cm (11 3/4 inches)
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Jorg States "Chinese soft-pate porcelain, which is different from European soft-paste, originated about 1700 and became popular in the second quarter of the 18th century as part of the export assortment. Unlike ordinary porcelain, it is not translucent and often has a creamy-white appearance. The glaze is often finely crackled as a result of a difference in cooling between the glaze and the body. The later is made of a white-firing clay, called huashi, `slippery stone`, the use of which is documented in the reports of 1712 and 1722 by the Jesuit Pere d`Entrecolles. As the clay was expensive, soft-paste pieces are usually small and thinly potted. They are also well-painted, as the body is particularly suitable for detailed drawing. Besides this `true` soft-paste, there are pieces with an ordinary porcelain body and a coating of `huashi` clay, which gives the same effect".

For Information about Chinese Soft-paste Porcelain See : Chinese Porcelain in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, The Ming and Qing Dynasties (Christiaan Jorg, Phillip Wilson, The Rijksmuseum, 1997) Page 117 Item 119.