• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1412

    A RARE MASSIVE GUAN-TYPE HU-FORM VASE

    17TH/18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RARE MASSIVE GUAN-TYPE HU-FORM VASE
    17TH/18TH CENTURY
    Based on Song dynasty prototypes, the faceted body of rounded rectangular section raised on a molded pedestal foot pierced with a rectangular aperture on each of the narrow sides, with a double bow-string band encircling the upper body and interrupted by the pair of tubular handles, covered overall with a pale grey-blue glaze suffused with dark and light brown crackle
    18 7/8 in. (48 cm.) high, wood stand, Japanese wood box


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    Song dynasty stonewares, particularly the crackled wares of Ge, Guan and Ru type, were highly regarded by the Qing emperors, and this impressive vase embodies the archaism that was so enthusiastically sought by the Qing court. The shape of the vase is based upon ancient bronze vessels, while the glaze imitates the Guan wares made for the Southern Song court. A vase with a similar shape but larger in size (47.6 cm) and with a molded band of undulating scrollwork is illustrated in Monochrome Porcelains of the Ch'ing Dynasty, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1981, pl. 81.

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