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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1831

    A FINE AND RARE COPPER-RED DECORATED 'DRAGON' VASE, YUHUCHUNPING

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    A FINE AND RARE COPPER-RED DECORATED 'DRAGON' VASE, YUHUCHUNPING
    QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The pear-shaped body finely painted with a pair of lively five-clawed dragons striding amidst clusters of ruyi clouds and flames, both contesting a 'flaming pearl' above crested waves around the base, the tapering neck with a band of ruyi-heads below a keyfret band and overlapping plaintain leaves, the underside of the everted mouth rim with overlapping ruyi-heads, repeated on the slightly splayed foot ring
    11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm.) high, box


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    Previously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 3 May 1994, lot 194 and sold again at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 30 October 2002, lot 292.

    Qing dynasty underglaze-red ceramics decorated with the use of fine 'pencil-line' drawings are very rare. This decorative technique can be found as early as the Kangxi period, as seen on a large fish jar, a floral-decorated waterpot and a dragon bowl, all in the Beijing Palace Museum collection, illustrated in Blue and White Porcelain with Underglaze Red (III), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 2000, nos. 167, 168 and 169 respectively. It was also adopted in the Yongzheng reign, see ibid., no. 170, a pear-shaped vase and no. 171, a meiping. Although no other examples are known, the painting style of the dragons amidst ruyi-clouds on the present vase is very closely related to those painted on a jar in the Palace Museum, ibid., no. 178.

    The arrangment of the motifs into registers along the particularly slender neck of the present vase is reminiscent of a pear-shaped vase dated to the Kangxi period in the Palace Museum, designed with scrolling lotus on the body, ibid., no. 165. It is mentioned that the Kangxi vase had taken its inspiration from those of the Ming dynasty Hongwu period.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN ASIAN COLLECTOR


    Literature

    Sotheby's Thirty Years in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, p. 266, no. 295