Albert: Vase Without Lid
66.5 x 94.5 cm
5 Colour Screen Print (which includes a high varnish Gloss overprint)
Magnani Corona Smooth 310gsm
Edition of 100 signed and numbered
Originally commissioned by the Qianlong Emperor in 1746 both vases formed an integral part of his burgeoning collection of traditional Chinese porcelain. Although the collection was maintained to a high standard by his successor Jiaqing, the next emperor, Duagong,’s seventh son Yixuan gave both pieces to Major-General Farquhar in agreement that the East India Company would aide in the planned coup of 1832.
The East India Company however failed to hold up their side of this bargain and proceeded to smuggle both artifacts out of China and bring them into British-held India. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil later procured the vases during his time as Secretary of State to become part of a presentation to the newly crowned Queen Victoria on the announcement of her engagement to her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
The infamous ‘Victoria and Albert’ vases now form part of the Royal Collection.