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    Sale 12555

    The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

    1 June 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 3202

    A BLUE AND WHITE 'FLOWERS OF THE FOUR SEASONS' CONJOINED VASE

    QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

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    A BLUE AND WHITE 'FLOWERS OF THE FOUR SEASONS' CONJOINED VASE
    QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
    The vessel is skilfully potted in the shape of four conjoined cylindrical vases, each tapering from the shoulder to a delicately waisted neck and a flared mouth rim, painted in deep shades of blue with a flower of the four season on each cylinder, including lotus, chrysanthemum, prunus and peony. The base of each cylinder is inscribed with a different character of the reign mark.
    3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm.) high


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    Conjoined vases of this form decorated in underglaze blue are extremely rare. One identical example is known in the Shanghai Museum, illustrated by Liu Liang-yu, Ch'ing Official and Popular Wares, A Survey of Chinese Ceramics, vol. 5, Taipei, 1991, p. 151. Another Qianlong-marked vase of the same shape by covered with a Ge-type glaze was sold at Christie's London, 11 May 2005, lot 9.

    The unusual shape seen on the present vase follows similar shapes from the Yongzheng period. Compare this to a Yongzheng mark and period Ru-type vase in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in the exhibition Qing Monochrome Porcelain, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1981, no. 77. Also see a celadon-glazed vase from the J.M. Hu collection, sold at Sotheby's New York, 4 June 1985, lot 40; and a Guan-type vase from the James W. and Marilyn Alsdorf Collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 23 March 1993, lot 735, and again on 2 November 1999, lot 524.

    Provenance

    A Welsh family collection, acquired in London in the 1950s