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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 479

    A RARE GE-TYPE OVOID VASE

    YONGZHENG SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)

    Price Realised  

    A RARE GE-TYPE OVOID VASE
    YONGZHENG SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)
    The ovoid body raised on a spreading foot and molded with three pairs of double bow-string bands, the two upper pairs interrupted by a pair of molded dragon mask and ring handles on either side, covered overall and on the base with a greenish-grey crackled glaze, the foot rim treated with a brown wash
    9 7/8 in. (25.2 cm.) high


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    The three great Qing emperors, Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong, were all enthusiastic collectors of antiques, and required that certain of the ceramics made for their courts were made in the ancient style. This rare Yongzheng vase, with a crackled glaze made in imitation of Song dynasty Ge ware, reflects the early Qing fascination with the classic wares of the past.

    The subtle beauty of Ge-type glazes seems to have greatly appealed to the Yongzheng emperor, and several fine examples are to be seen in the imperial collections. Two reign-marked vessels from the Palace Museum, Beijing, are illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 37 - Monochrome Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1999, pp. 248-9, nos. 226-7, while two others from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, are illustrated in Catalogue of A Special Exhibition of Ch'ing-Dynasty Monochrome Porcelains in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1981, pp. 137-9, nos. 82 and 83.

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