Falangcai Enamels Analysis

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Pair of dishes decorated with bamboo and poem in falangcai enamels is well known example symbolizes the one of the four gentlemen – bamboo. It was produced during the reign of Yongzheng (1723 – 1735), Qing dynasty in China. The dishes were made up of well-known materials, porcelain, and decorated with the newly developed technique, falangcai enamel. At the back of dishes, a Song Script inscription in blue enamel suggests that it was produced during the period of Yongzheng. The dishes has its diameter 13.4 cm, which belongs to the four inch types, therefore, it is classified as four-cun size in the Yongzhng period. It is suggested that it serves as practical purpose. It is suggested that the artifact underwent four series of making processes. First, Skillful craftsmen made the white porcelain in Jingdezhen. Then the white porcelain was delivered to imperial court to paint falangcai enamel, and later it goes to craftsman to inscribe poem and finally apply iron-red seal and reign mark at the base of artifact. From the complex making procedures, it could infer that the well organized bureaucratic systems and advanced technique developed. The use of porcelain to make wares is very common in China tradition. The most well known place is Jingdezhen because of its rich natural…show more content…
Dong Qichang is a well-known calligraphers and his style has been favorite for the Emperor Yongzheng. What is more to put this artifact at the most precious place is the inscription of seal marks ”fengcai” (virtue), “binran” (nobility) and “junzi”(gentleman). By looking at the three essential components of this artifact, it is said to be the most successful example of integration of poem, calligraphy and painting as they deliberately deliver the message of personality of Juzhi. These three types if arts had been long the tradition in

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