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    Sale 12555

    The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

    1 June 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 3204

    A RARE MOULDED CELADON-GLAZED PEAR-SHAPED ARCHAISTIC 'DRAGON' VASE

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

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    A RARE MOULDED CELADON-GLAZED PEAR-SHAPED ARCHAISTIC 'DRAGON' VASE
    YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)
    The vase is finely potted with a full rounded body rising to a waisted cylindrical neck, the shoulder is applied with two dragon handles with mock 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. (19.5 cm.) high


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    A nearly identical Yongzheng example is in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 276, no. 105. A further example is also be found in the National Palace Museum, Taipei (acquisition no. zhong-ci-000325-N000000000). Vases of this form, design and glaze also continued to be made during the Qianlong period, such as the Qianlong-marked example formerly in the W. W. Winkworth and Robert Chang collections, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 May 2008, lot 1590.

    The form and decorative motifs on this vase originated from Western Zhou bronzes such as the examples illustrated by W. Watson, Ancient Chinese Bronzes, nos. 52 and 53. During the Qing dynasty this design was appropriated onto various media such as porcelain, jade and enamel wares. Refer for example to a champleve and gilt-bronze vase dating to the Qianlong period, enamelled with the same archaisitic scrolling design, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 29 May 2013, lot 2068.

    Provenance

    A Welsh family collection, acquired in London in the 1950s