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Qianlong Period Art

The Qianlong period is not only characterized by great expansion and military victory, but also for its cultural achievements. The Qianlong emperor, Aixin-Jueluo Hongli, preserved the Manchu language and culture, commissioned the writing of traditional Chinese texts, restored Confucian culture in China, and encouraged the proliferation of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently considered China’s last great emperor.

During the time of his reign, Hongli was extremely passionate about traditional arts and poetry. He himself wrote many poems and dabbled in calligraphy painting. He also studied and collected ancient art and artifacts as well as developed an imperial collection, which consisted of works from Chinese artists and others foreign artists.

Due to the Qianlong emperor’s interest in both traditional and foreign methods of art making, Qianlong art is characterized by diversity, reverence to traditional styles and types, and experimentation.


Quick Facts

  • Seal marks on Qianlong porcelains are usually a reddish color, though a few in blue are existent. These seals are applied in zhuanshu seal script, which is largely illegible to most people at this time
  • In November 2011, a Qianlong porcelain vase sold for $86 million. The market for Qianlong porcelains is still extremely competitive
  • Much of what we know about the Qianglong emperor is through thorough notes taken by a Jesuit appointed official. Details, such as when the emperor would wake, when he would eat, and what he would do throughout the day, were extensively documented

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CLOISONNE ENAMEL DOUBLE-HANDLE VASE, QIANLONG MARK
Oct 31, 6:00 AM PDT
CLOISONNE ENAMEL DOUBLE-HANDLE VASE, QIANLONG MARK
by East West Auctions
Est: $600- $1,200
$5504 Bids
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FAUX FLOWERS AND VASES
Nov 02, 12:00 PM EDT
FAUX FLOWERS AND VASES
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$33 Bids
Travessa em porcelana chinesa CI
Nov 01, 7:00 PM WET
Travessa em porcelana chinesa CI
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €100- €200
€1402 Bids
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PAIR OF QIANLONG WUCAI 'FIGURAL' PORCELAIN CUPS
Oct 31, 6:00 AM PDT
PAIR OF QIANLONG WUCAI 'FIGURAL' PORCELAIN CUPS
by East West Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$3001 Bid
A group of nine Chinese Export tea canisters
Nov 11, 10:30 AM GMT
A group of nine Chinese Export tea canisters
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £300- £500
£2401 Bid
A Chinese Export Famille Rose bowl
Nov 11, 10:30 AM GMT
A Chinese Export Famille Rose bowl
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £150- £250
£1401 Bid
Qing Dynasty Qianlong Doucai Dragon and Phoenix Garlic Vase (2 pcs)
Oct 31, 11:00 AM EDT
Qing Dynasty Qianlong Doucai Dragon and Phoenix Garlic Vase (2 pcs)
by Autumn Court Antiques
Est: $500- $1,000
$501 Bid
China, Porcelain wall vase, famille rose, Qianlong mark and period Sizes: H =150mm L= 90mm
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
China, Porcelain wall vase, famille rose, Qianlong mark and period Sizes: H =150mm L= 90mm
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €500- €800
€5001 Bid
SIX CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE 'LANDSCAPE' DISHES.
Nov 19, 9:00 AM GMT
SIX CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE 'LANDSCAPE' DISHES.
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£2001 Bid
An Iron-Red Glaze Poem Inscription Bowl, Qianlong Mark
Nov 05, 9:00 AM EDT
An Iron-Red Glaze Poem Inscription Bowl, Qianlong Mark
by Roswell Auctions
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$5001 Bid
An Underglaze Blue and Famille Rose Flower Moon Flask, Qianlong Mark
Nov 05, 9:00 AM EDT
An Underglaze Blue and Famille Rose Flower Moon Flask, Qianlong Mark
by Roswell Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$3001 Bid
TWO CHINESE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL BIRDS.
Nov 19, 9:00 AM GMT
TWO CHINESE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL BIRDS.
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £600- £800
£6001 Bid
CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE HEXAGONAL VASE
Nov 12, 11:00 AM EST
CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE HEXAGONAL VASE
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
Taça elíptica em porcelana chinesa CI
Nov 01, 7:00 PM WET
Taça elíptica em porcelana chinesa CI
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €60- €120
€601 Bid
ZHANG DA QIAN (1899-1983)
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
ZHANG DA QIAN (1899-1983)
by Hardt Auctions GmbH
Est: €800- €1,000
€7001 Bid
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3 HOME DECOR VASES
Nov 02, 12:00 PM EDT
3 HOME DECOR VASES
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
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4 DECORATIVE VASES
Nov 02, 12:00 PM EDT
4 DECORATIVE VASES
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Qing Dynasty Qianlong Doucai Chicken Pattern Bowl (2 pcs)
Oct 31, 11:00 AM EDT
Qing Dynasty Qianlong Doucai Chicken Pattern Bowl (2 pcs)
by Autumn Court Antiques
Est: $1,000- $3,000
$501 Bid
A Pair of Carmine Red Porcelain Dragon Bowls Qianlong Mark
Oct 30, 9:30 AM EDT
A Pair of Carmine Red Porcelain Dragon Bowls Qianlong Mark
by Luban Antique
Est: $300- $500
$500 Bids
Porcelain snuff box, Qianlong brand, China 19th Sizes: H=60mm L=50mm Weight (K): 0,04kg
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
Porcelain snuff box, Qianlong brand, China 19th Sizes: H=60mm L=50mm Weight (K): 0,04kg
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €150- €200
€2000 Bids
China - large Hu-shaped vase with red tin white blue background - Qianlong brand Sizes: H=470mm
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
China - large Hu-shaped vase with red tin white blue background - Qianlong brand Sizes: H=470mm
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €8,000- €15,000
€8,0000 Bids
China Cong porcelain vase, Thousand flowers, Qianlong mark, Sizes: H =272mm L =120mm Weight
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
China Cong porcelain vase, Thousand flowers, Qianlong mark, Sizes: H =272mm L =120mm Weight
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €1,500- €2,500
€1,5000 Bids
China imposing mandarin bowl Qianlong 18th Sizes: H=90mm D=195mm Weight (K): 0,5kg Co
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
China imposing mandarin bowl Qianlong 18th Sizes: H=90mm D=195mm Weight (K): 0,5kg Co
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €150- €300
€1400 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Qianlong Period Art


Empire Auction House

Empire Auction House

Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Bonhams

Bonhams