A WHITE-GLAZED CARVED ARCHAISTIC VASE, HU
A WHITE-GLAZED CARVED ARCHAISTIC VASE, HU
A WHITE-GLAZED CARVED ARCHAISTIC VASE, HU
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THE WANG XING LOU COLLECTION OF IMPERIAL QING DYNASTY PORCELAIN
A WHITE-GLAZED CARVED ARCHAISTIC VASE, HU

QIANLONG INCISED SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

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A WHITE-GLAZED CARVED ARCHAISTIC VASE, HU
QIANLONG INCISED SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
The bulbous body is moulded and carved with intertwined archaistic dragons and the neck is decorated with six ruyi-heads below a moulded wave band, flanked by a pair of handles shaped as stylised bird-heads with applied rings. The vase is covered overall in an even creamy-white glaze.
7 3⁄4 in. (19.8 cm.) high
Provenance
Sold at Christie's New York, 2 June 1994, lot 336
Literature
Robert Jacobsen, Ye Peilan and Julian Thompson: Imperial Perfection.The Palace Porcelain of Three Chinese Emperors, Kangxi - Yongzheng - Qianlong, Hong Kong, 2004, pp. 180, no. 66
Exhibited
On loan to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1999-2020

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Lot Essay

The form of the present vase is inspired by archaic bronze vessels from the late Western Zhou period. Vases of this form with different decoration and glaze were appreciated during the Yongzheng and Qianlong periods. A Qianlong-period Ru-type vase of larger size (48.7 cm.), but of similar shape, is in the Nanjing Museum, and illustrated in The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, p. 329. A Yongzheng-marked example with a teadust glaze in the collection of Lord Cunliffe is illustrated by S. Jenyns in Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1951, pl. CIV 2, and also included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition, The Ceramic Art of China, London, 1951, pl. 164, no. 242, where the heads on the handles are called elephant heads. Another vase of this form with a Qianlong mark, decorated in underglaze blue with flower scroll on the body and neck between decorative borders, in the Huaihaitang Collection, is illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, Ethereal Elegance, Art Museum, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 11 November 2007 - 30 March 2008, pp. 296-97, no. 101.

The present vase can be compared to a white-glazed soft-paste porcelain vase of similar form from the Qianlong period in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, illustrated by S. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, pl. 268.

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