A RARE FAMILLE VERTE BLACK-GROUND BALUSTER VASE

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A RARE FAMILLE VERTE BLACK-GROUND BALUSTER VASE
YONGZHENG

The vase has a rounded shoulder rising to a trumpet neck, and a splayed foot, the exterior exquisitely enamelled in yellow, blue, black, iron-red and gilt with dense scrolling foliage reserved on a black ground and covered in a green glaze, the foot with a classic scroll band, the interior and base covered in a transparent white glaze, the foot unglazed, revealing the pale body
8 in. (20.2 cm.) high, box

Exhibited
Christie's London, An Exhibition of Important Chinese Ceramics from the Robert Chang Collection, 2-14 June 1993, Catalogue, no. 34.

Lot Essay

Previously sold in these Rooms, 18 March 1991, lot 549.

Cf. a similar vase from the collection of Mrs Joshua, illustrated by Hobson, The Later Ceramic Wares of China, pl. LIX, fig. 2; and a slightly more ovoid-shaped vase with similar decoration in the Victoria and Albert Museum is illustrated by W.B. Honey, Guide to the Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1927, pl. 62a.

A peculiar feature of this group of famille verte wares, reserved on a black enamel ground washed over with a translucent green glaze, is that the vases were unmarked, whereas saucer-dishes and bowls are invariably inscribed. See a dish of this palette in the Victoria and Albert Museum, illustrated by R. Kerr, Chinese Ceramics: Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty, pl. 23; the pair of dishes from the Bernat Collection, in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, vol. 11, no. 263; and another exhibited at the Hong Kong Museum of Art Exhibition, Wonders of the Potter's Palette, 1984, Catalogue, no. 52.

(US$32,000-45,000)
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