• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1903

    A VERY FINE AND RARE FLAMBE-GLAZED SONG-STYLE BOTTLE VASE

    Price Realised  

    A VERY FINE AND RARE FLAMBE-GLAZED SONG-STYLE BOTTLE VASE
    QIANLONG IMPRESSED SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The slightly compressed globular body with moulded horizontal bowstrings around the waist and shoulder, covered overall in a brilliant flambe glaze of deep reddish-purple tone mottled with milky pale blue to the body and the neck, the rim glazed brown draining to a crackled, pale greyish-celadon tone in the interior, the foot unglazed exposing the biscuit, the base covered in a caramel-brown glaze
    17 in. (43.3 cm.) high, box


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    Compare with a similar vase in the Eumorfopoulos collection, illustrated in the Catalogue, vol. 5, col. pl. LXVII, no. E390.

    Vases of this type were inspired by the Song dynasty Guanyao prototypes. This particular shape was revived by the Qing court, and appeared to be popular during the Yongzheng and Qianlong periods. The present vase compares well with a Guan-type example painted by Giuseppe Castiglione, dated Yongzheng First Year (1723), in the National Palace Museum collection, Taipei, illustrated by M. Beurdeley and G. Raindre, Qing Porcelain, pl. 216, suggesting that the present lot dates to the early period of the Qianlong reign. Compare with two Yongzheng-marked examples, the first of this same size was included in the Special Exhibition of Qing Dynasty Monochromes, National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in the Catalogue, pl. 133, pl. 79; and the other vase, smaller in size (37.5 cm.), was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 May 2006, lot 1255.

    Provenance

    Previously sold at Christie's Hong Kong, The Imperial Sale, 27 April 1997, lot 62


    Literature

    Christie's Hong Kong, Christie's 20 Years in Hong Kong 1986-2006, Hong Kong, 2006, p. 158