THE record-breaking Ruislip yang cai vase, is distinctive for its reticulated double-walled construction, combines various differing decorative elements in a manner typical of Tang Ying's directorship of the Imperial manufactory at Jingdezhen during the early years of the reign of the Qianlong emperor – a period of remarkable technical achievement.
It is the perfect expression of current Chinese taste with a
recent exhibition at the National Palace Museum, Taipei titled
Stunning Decorative Porcelains from the Ch'ien-lung Reign
focusing upon a number of pieces of this type in the
Quite how an acknowledged imperial masterpiece reached Middlesex
is unknown but it probably left China soon after the end of the
Second Opium War in 1860 when the Summer Palace was sacked by
British troops. It had been acquired in the 1930s by the late uncle
of the vendor who lived in a bungalow in Pinner, North West
The vendor had no knowledge of its true worth.