• Lot 1590

    A FINE CELADON-GLAZED PEAR-SHAPED ARCHAISTIC 'DRAGON' VASE, HU

    Price Realised  

    A FINE CELADON-GLAZED PEAR-SHAPED ARCHAISTIC 'DRAGON' VASE, HU
    QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The vase is sturdily potted with a full rounded body rising to a waisted cylindrical neck, the shoulder is applied with two pierced dragon handles suspending rings, and a horizontal bow string, the body and neck are moulded with sinuous interlaced dragons and scrolls, the neck has a continuous band of wavy lines above six incised ruyi-heads at the shoulder, the foot with a single wavy line, covered in an even pale green glaze which stops at the rounded foot revealing the smooth pale body
    7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm.) high, box


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    A celadon vase from the Stephen D. Winkworth Collection, possibly the present vase, is illustrated by S. Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain, pl. C., fig. 2. Two other examples of the same form with similar motifs and reign marks are published; compare a pale lavender-glazed vase from the Warre Collection included in the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, London, 1935, Catalogue, no. 228; and a vase with a creamy-white glaze in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, illustrated by S. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, p. 264, no. 268. A nearly identical celadon-glazed vase, but with a Yongzheng mark, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong, p. 276, no. 105.

    The form and decorative motifs on this vase originate from Western Zhou bronzes such as the examples illustrated by W. Watson, Ancient Chinese Bronzes, nos. 52 and 53. During the Qianlong period vases of this type were also simulated in fine jade, illustrating the ease in the transference of creative images using a variety of materials. One such example of an archaistic form transferred onto Qing jade is the spinach-jade hu-shaped vase illustrated by R. Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, no. 135, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 November 2007, lot 1537.

    (US$90,000-115,000)

    Provenance

    The W. W. Winkworth Collection, sold at Sotheby's London, 12 December 1972, lot 161, and again in Hong Kong, 28 November 1979, lot 370
    The Robert Chang Collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 2 November 1999, lot 504


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTOR


    Literature

    Sotheby's Hong Kong, Twenty Years, 1993, no. 316


    Exhibited

    Christie's London, An Exhibition of Important Chinese Ceramics from the Robert Chang Collection, 2-14 June 1993, Catalogue, no. 72