• Sale 2831

    Luminous Colours: Treasures from the Shorenstein Collection

    1 December 2010, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2912

    A VERY RARE SEMI-TRANSLUCENT PALE MILKY BLUE-GREEN GLASS BALUSTER VASE

    SONG/YUAN DYNASTY, 13TH CENTURY

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    A VERY RARE SEMI-TRANSLUCENT PALE MILKY BLUE-GREEN GLASS BALUSTER VASE
    SONG/YUAN DYNASTY, 13TH CENTURY
    The body tapering from a softly stepped shoulder to a spreading, intergral foot, all below a slightly waisted neck and out-turned, foliated rim
    6¾ in. (17 cm.) high


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    The inspiration for this very rare vase appears to be qingbai porcelain of Song and Jin dynasty date. The pale, blue-green colour and the translucent quality of the glass are reminiscent of qingbai glazes. The shape and out-turned foliations of the mouth rim are related to those of two qingbai vases, with fuller bodies, illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 1, London, 1994, nos. 606 and 607. See, also, a Cizhou-type vase, dated to the Jin dynasty, in the National Museum, Tokyo, illustrated by M. Tregar, Song Ceramics, New York, 1982, p. 78, no. 76, which has a stepped shoulder similar to that of the present vase, as well as a very similar out-turned mouth rim.

    Provenance

    J.J. Lally & Co., New York, 9 December 1992


    Literature

    C.F. Shangraw and C. Brown, A Chorus of Colors: Chinese Glass from Three American Collections, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1995, no. 13