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Price of emperor's floral art set to blossom at spring auction

By Deng Zhangyu | China Daily | Updated: 2018-06-19 07:37
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The blue-and-white vase with a painting of the utopia world from a fable, 12 kinds of flowers painted by Qian Weicheng and treasured by emperor Qianlong, and an enamel bowl made for emperor Yongzheng, are among the lots of China Guardian's spring auction. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Emperor Qianlong, whose six-decade reign in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) was the longest in Chinese history, loved flowers in daily life, which was reflected in his gardens, poems, paintings and the decoration of the items he used in his bedrooms.

A series of rare antiques, paintings and even jewelry to go under the hammer at China Guardian's spring auction this week offers a glimpse into the emperor's deep passion for flowers, especially his favorite blooms such as wintersweet, chrysanthemum and peach blossom.

The highlight of the spring auction is a blue-and-white vase with a painting of the utopian world from ancient poet Tao Yuanming's fable The Story of Peach Blossom Spring, in which people live in harmony with nature and forget the outside world.

The vase was recorded in ceramic expert Geng Baochang's book on ceramic antiques as a typical vase that represented the best technique and craftsmanship of emperor Qianglong's era. The ruler was a passionate patron of the arts.

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