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    Sale 2622

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2571

    A LARGE FLAMBÉ-GLAZED BOTTLE VASE

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    A LARGE FLAMBÉ-GLAZED BOTTLE VASE
    QIANLONG IMPRESSED SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The full rounded body rising to a tall cylindrical neck, supported on a splayed foot ring, applied overall with a brilliant streaked glaze varying from mauve to lavender and thinning to a crackled celadon at the rim, the base with a brownish-white glaze covering the impressed reign mark
    17 7/8 in. (45.5 cm) high, box


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    Previously sold at Christie's London, 8/9 December 1986, lot 422.

    This distinctive glaze seeks to recreate the famous classical Jun wares of the Song period. The splashes and streaks characteristic of this glaze are described as yao bian, or 'transmutation glaze', and has been the subject of much research. See R. Kerr, Chinese Ceramics: Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911, p. 75, and N. Wood, 'The Evolution of the Chinese Copper Red,' in R. Scott (ed.), Chinese Copper Red Wares, Percival David Foundation of Art, pp. 29-30, for a discussion on this topic.