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    Sale 12555

    The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

    1 June 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 3216

    A RARE RU-TYPE GLAZED HU-FORM VASE

    QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

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    A RARE RU-TYPE GLAZED HU-FORM VASE
    QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Of archaic hu-form, the vase is sturdily potted with an ovoid body rising from a splayed foot to a gently flaring mouth, the neck is flanked by a pair of handles each in the form of a mythical animal, tianlu. The exterior is moulded in relief with raised strapwork centred by four diamond-shaped recesses. The vase is covered overall in an even, greyish-blue Ru-type glaze, with the exception of the foot rim covered by a brown dressing.
    13 ¾ in. (34.8 cm.) high


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    The current form is inspired by Western Zhou archaic bronze vessel, such as a zun illustrated in Xiqing gujian, juan 8 (fig. 1). It was first adopted on porcelain during the Yongzheng period in a variety of glaze colours including Guan-type, Ge-type, celadon, blue, teadust and in blue and white. For a similar Qianlong-marked Ru-type glazed vase, see an example illustrated by Reginal Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 2, London, 1994, no. 873.

    Provenance

    Sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 10 April 2006, lot 1624


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN ASIAN COLLECTOR