“Hundreds of flowers never fall to the ground”, one piece of fire will become the world’s favorite


The blooming and falling of flowers is an aesthetic artistic conception that literati in the past dynasties cannot refuse, but how to keep this beauty? In ancient times, in addition to painting, it can also be fired into porcelain!

In 2010, Beijing Poly Autumn Auction sold a gourd vase with a famille rose color for 22.4 million RMB. So how are the priceless “Hundred Flowers” fired?

One vessel burned into the world’s favorite

The Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Factory in the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty brought together a group of the most famous contemporary craftsmen, so the porcelain of this period reached an unattainable height in terms of both quantity and quality.

“Hundreds of flowers without revealing” is a way of expressing glaze on porcelain, which means that flowers of various colors fill the entire picture without revealing the bottom of the porcelain or the branches of the flowers.
The complicated firing process, rich colors, and colorful paintings of Hundred Flowers Porcelain are by no means accomplished by the efforts of a few people. If there are no good craftsmen to compose and design for it, and skillful craftsmen to apply color, wash and dye it, how can a piece be made and loved by the world?

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First of all, the Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs needs to issue a drawing sample, design a drawing of a hundred flowers gathering, and deliver it to the Imperial Kiln Factory as a sample. For ingenuity.
Secondly, the craftsmen of the imperial kiln factory copied and sketched the drawing on the white porcelain body, which must be consistent with the original manuscript. No matter how superb the painter is, it cannot make up for the original charm of the drawing.

Third, the number of color materials prepared is the first among all porcelains. If a hundred flowers are not exposed to the ground, there are no less than 30 colors on one vessel. Therefore, before painting, all pigments for colored porcelain must be prepared. There are nearly a hundred kinds of colors. Each type needs to be debugged one by one. It is conceivable how much manpower, how much time will be spent, and how much cost will be paid in advance for the completion of this work.

Finally, painting, washing, and dyeing must go through the hands of several painters, and it takes more than ten days before it can be put into the kiln. Therefore, it took several months to complete a vessel, which cost a lot of money and is by no means comparable to other imperial porcelains. Such craftsmanship must appear in a world of prosperous craftsmanship.

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During the Qianlong period, the art of porcelain was advanced, and Tang Ying, the emissary of pottery, devoted all his efforts to collecting the achievements of famous kilns in the past dynasties, including the essence of Chinese and foreign fine wares. The splendor of the ages. During this period, he not only advocated retro but also had the courage to innovate. The technological breakthroughs and artistic new looks brought about by him have written an important page in the history of Chinese art.

Just as “Tao Ya” said: “As far as Qianlong is concerned, there are extremely beautiful and delicate, almost ingenious workmanship.” Among them, a hundred flowers are not exposed, which is a precious and meaningful product of Qianlong imperial porcelain pastel ware, which has been treasured by collectors. So precious.

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