This vase dates to the Jiaqing period (1796-1820). Both technically and artistically it is an accomplished piece. Potted from thin, light ""eggshell"" porcelain, it is painted to simulate planks of wood with a brocaded silk scarf draped about its shoulder. The imitation of woodgrain on porcelain was common in the 18th century. The small gilt roundels on the scarf, some of which contain flowers, may indicate Japanese influence. Imitated Japanese embroidered motifs on Chinese porcelain became particularly popular from the Yongzheng period (1723-1735) onwards.
MEDIUM: Porcelain, with painted enamels and gilt"