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    Sale 2611

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1765

    A RARE BLACK-GROUND FAMILLE VERTE BALUSTER VASE

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    A RARE BLACK-GROUND FAMILLE VERTE BALUSTER VASE
    YONGZHENG PERIOD (1723- 1735)

    The vase has a rounded shoulder rising to a trumpet neck, and a splayed foot, the exterior exquisitely enamelled in yellow, blue, black, iron-red and gilt with dense scrolling foliage reserved on a black ground and covered in a green glaze, the foot with a classic scroll band, the interior and base covered in a transparent white glaze, the foot unglazed, revealing the pale body
    8 in. (20.2 cm.) high, box


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    Previously sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 18 March 1991, lot 549.

    Cf. a similar vase from the collection of Mrs Joshua, illustrated by Hobson, The Later Ceramic Wares of China, pl. LIX, fig. 2; and a slightly more ovoid-shaped vase with similar decoration in the Victoria and Albert Museum is illustrated by W.B. Honey, Guide to the Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1927, pl. 62a.

    A peculiar feature of this group of famille verte wares, reserved on a black enamel ground washed over with a translucent green glaze, is that the vases were unmarked, whereas saucer-dishes and bowls are invariably inscribed. See a dish of this palette in the Victoria and Albert Museum, illustrated by R. Kerr, Chinese Ceramics: Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty, London, 1986, pl. 23; the pair of dishes from the Bernat Collection, in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, Tokyo, 1978, vol. 11, no. 263; and another included in the exhibition, Wonders of the Potter's Palette, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1984, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 52.

    Provenance

    Robert Chang, previously sold at Christie's Hong Kong, Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong, Imperial Wares from The Robert Chang Collection, 2 November 1999, lot 530


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN ENGLISH COLLECTOR


    Exhibited

    Christie's London,An Exhibition of Important Chinese Ceramics from the Robert Chang Collection, 2-14 June 1993, Catalogue, no. 34