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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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Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Vase
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Est: $0- $0
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Dec 04, 9:30 AM EST
A BLUE GLAZE GOLD PAINTED PORCELAIN VASE, QIANLONG MARK
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A CHINESE FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN VASE, QIANLONG MARK
Dec 04, 9:30 AM EST
A CHINESE FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN VASE, QIANLONG MARK
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Est: $200- $400
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Est: $500- $1,000
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Chinese Bronze Deer, Qianlong Emperor mark Qing dynasty
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
Chinese Bronze Deer, Qianlong Emperor mark Qing dynasty
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $3,000- $6,000
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Qianlong 1736-1795?, Chinese porcelain vase, 12 people
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
Qianlong 1736-1795?, Chinese porcelain vase, 12 people
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Est: $5,000- $10,000
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A CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE UNDERGLAZE RED PORCELAIN BRUSH POT, QIANLONG MARK
Dec 04, 9:30 AM EST
A CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE UNDERGLAZE RED PORCELAIN BRUSH POT, QIANLONG MARK
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Est: $800- $1,000
$2001 Bid
A CHINESE FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN SIX TUBES VASE, QIANLONG MARK
Dec 04, 9:30 AM EST
A CHINESE FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN SIX TUBES VASE, QIANLONG MARK
by Berkeley Auction Gallery
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$3001 Bid
A FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN FLASK MOON VASE, QIANLONG MARK
Dec 04, 9:30 AM EST
A FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN FLASK MOON VASE, QIANLONG MARK
by Berkeley Auction Gallery
Est: $2,000- $3,000
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Chinese Export Blue/White Footed Bowl
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Chinese Export Blue/White Footed Bowl
by Alex Cooper
Est: $1,000- $1,500
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A Pair of Gilt Decorated Blue Ground Painted Enamel Bowls
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
A Pair of Gilt Decorated Blue Ground Painted Enamel Bowls
by Leland Little Auctions
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$7501 Bid
OLD Chinese Pair Dragon and Phoenix Bowls, Qianlong Mark
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
OLD Chinese Pair Dragon and Phoenix Bowls, Qianlong Mark
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$501 Bid
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Dec 10, 11:00 AM CET
Yuhuchunping Vase, China, Porzellan, Qianlong (1736-1795)
by Auktionshaus Demessieur
Est: €0- €0
€2201 Bid
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Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
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by Jackson's International
Est: $400- $600
$3501 Bid
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Dec 08, 10:00 AM CET
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by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €400- €800
€3901 Bid
Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Box with Cover Qianlong Mark
Dec 17, 9:30 AM EST
Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Box with Cover Qianlong Mark
by Luban Antique
Est: $50- $300
$201 Bid
A set of three graduated Chinese export dishes, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong (1736-1795),
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
A set of three graduated Chinese export dishes, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong (1736-1795),
by Cheffins
Est: £100- £200
£801 Bid
Antique Chinese Porcelain Vase
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Chinese Porcelain Vase
by Blackwell Auctions LLC
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
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Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
FAMILLE ROSE PAINTED ENAMEL PORCELAIN
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $20,000- $35,000
$7,5001 Bid
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Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
(2) A PAIR OF FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN CUPS.THE BASE MARKED WITH DA QING QIAN LONG NIAN ZHI BLUE SIX-CHARACTER.C635.
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$3751 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Qianlong Period Art


Empire Auction House

Empire Auction House

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Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

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Nagel Auction