c1730 Chinese Yongzheng Famille Rose Empress Wu Porcelain Pot


A very fine and interesting original Chinese Qing dynasty, Yongzheng reign, ‘Famille Rose’ lidded porcelain jar or pot, which is decorated with images of the first Chinese Empress Wu Zetian, poems and Sanxing god of longevity ‘Shou’.

There is extensive black ink character writing around the cylindrical pot and lid. The condition is good with just a few nibbles to the edge of the lid. There are no markings to the underside, but the style and quality is typical of the c1730 Yongzheng period. It was during the Yongzheng reign, that Famille Rose wares reached their zenith, replacing the Famille Verte of the Kangxi reign and becoming the dominate palette in overglaze decoration. In the Yongzheng reign it was known as ruancai (soft colors) or Fencai (powder colors), which is a 19th century term which has been further defined to being 'Famille Rose decor against a white ground'. The palette seems to have been developed with influence from European taste and demand and with technology imported via Jesuits working within the Imperial palace in Beijing.

The Yongzheng Emperor (1678 – 1735), but only reigned from 1723 – 1735.
Wu Zetian (624 – 705), alternatively named Wu Zhao, Wu Hou and "Empress Wu", was a Chinese sovereign who ruled unofficially as empress consort and empress dowager and later, officially as empress regnant (皇帝) during the brief Zhou dynasty (周, 684–705),[3] which interrupted the Tang dynasty (618–690 & 705–907). Wu was the sole officially recognized empress regnant of China in more than two millennia. She achieved a lot politically, but her ruthlessness has made her villain in history.

Size: 9.5 x 12 cm (3 ¾ x 4 ¾ inches)
Weight: 508 g