China, beg. of 20th cent. (late Qing-dynasty or Republic period). Porcelain with fine polychrome painting in the manner of the Imperial court painter Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766) and rich gold decoration. Flattened baluster body with quatrefoil neck and tall oval ring stand. At the front a reserve with a depiction of 2 hunting dogs on a red underground with gold decoration. At the neck a scene with 3 hares. Verso another reserve with 2 playing horse in an open landscape. 2 side ring handles in the shape of lion heads. Delicately modelled decoration and gold borders. Six-character Qianlong-mark. H. 42,5 cm. - Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766) was an Italian Jesuit brother and became courtly painter of Emperor Qianlong. He created a unique painting style, a fusion of Chinese and European art (Chinese name: Lang Shining). Among his most famous works are fine paintings of Qianlong"s hunting dogs, which are preserved in the Palace Museum Taipei, Taiwan. See: Avitabile, Vom Schatz der Drachen, London 1987, p. 150.