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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1819

    A VERY RARE CELADON-GLAZED MOULDED 'DRAGON' BOTTLE VASE, LAIFUZUN

    Price Realised  

    A VERY RARE CELADON-GLAZED MOULDED 'DRAGON' BOTTLE VASE, LAIFUZUN
    KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)

    Of ovoid shape, moulded with three bow-strings on the base of the flared neck, the lower body moulded in shallow relief with two sinuous dragons ascending from breaking waves, all under a fine and even pale celadon glaze thinning over the extremities
    7 5/8 in. (19.5 cm.) high, box


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    Previously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 23 October 2005, lot 368.

    Vases of this shape are known as sanxuan zun, 'three-string' vase, in reference to strings of musical instruments, laifu zun, as its shape resembles a Chinese turnip. Compare with two identical Kangxi-marked vases in the Beijing Palace Museum collection, illustrated in Gugong Bowuyuan cang - Qing dai yuyao ciqi, juan I, vol I, Beijing 2005, pp. 304-305, nos. 112 and 113 (see fig. 1); and another formerly in the Jingguantang collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 3 November 2003, lot 566. Compare also this elegant form designed with three bowstrings but without the moulded dragons in a peachbloom glaze, also from the Kangxi period, such as a vase from the Kneeland collection sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 7 July (catalogue dated 28 April) 2003, lot 564.