A RARE COPPER-RED-DECORATED BLUE AND WHITE DOUBLE-GOURD VASE
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A RARE COPPER-RED-DECORATED BLUE AND WHITE DOUBLE-GOURD VASE

YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND PROBABLY OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)

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A RARE COPPER-RED-DECORATED BLUE AND WHITE DOUBLE-GOURD VASE
YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND PROBABLY OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)
The vase has a small globular upper section, a waisted neck encircled by a raised rib, above a truncated lower bulb, and a pair of S-shaped handles with ruyi terminals to the sides. Each of the two gourd sections are painted with lotus flowers and scrolling foliage, and the larger blooms are in underglaze copper-red. There is a band of lappets around the foot, and key-fret at the mouth rim.
7¼ in. (18.4 cm.) high

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An almost identical blue and white vase with copper red of the same shape from the Palace Museum Collection, Beijing is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Blue and White Porcelain With Underglaze Red (III), Hong Kong, 2000, p. 219, no. 200.
Another example of Yongzheng mark and period vases of this form are a pair of teadust-glazed flasks, illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Japan, 1987, fig. 961.

A carved celadon glazed vase of the same shape, but from the Qianlong period originally from The J. M. Hu Family Collection, was sold at Chrisite's, Hong Kong, from The Robert Chang Collection, 28 November 2006, lot 1307. Another Qianlong period blue and white vase of the same shape was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 27 October 2003, lot 634.

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