• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 7762

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 297

    A VERY RARE MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE FACETED VASE

    YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-35)

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    A VERY RARE MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE FACETED VASE
    YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-35)
    Finely painted in the fifteenth century style, simulating the 'heaping and piling' effect on the central faceted body, with flowering morning glories borne on a continuous leafy scroll, raised on a splayed foot decorated with a band of trefoil leaves and surmounted by a tall neck painted with further trefoil panels infilled with floral sprigs around the base, the neck flanked by a pair of monster-mask and loop handles
    6¾ in. (17.1 cm.) high


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    The form of this rare blue and white vase is one which would have been difficult for the potter to make. It is most likely that the form first entered China from the West and that the prototype was either glass or metal. While the form is rare, it is nevertheless one which seems first to appear in Chinese porcelain in the early 15th century and to have been copied during the Qing dynasty. The fascination that this form had for the Qing emperors is demonstrated by the fact that one of Giuseppe Castiglione's still-life paintings, of flowers in a vase, depicts a blue and white faceted vase of this form.

    Similar vases with Yongzheng marks and the same decoration but on a yellow enamel ground are published, one in the Baur Collection, illustrated in the Catalogue, vol. IV, no. A577, and another sold in the Imperial Sale in our Hong Kong Rooms, 27 April 1997, lot 67. See also a vase of the same shape but with a ge-type glaze, included in the National Palace Museum, Taibei, Special Exhibition of Ch'ing Dynasty Monochrome Porcelain, 1981, catalogue no. 83.

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