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A VERY RARE GUAN-TYPE HEXAGONAL BOTTLE VASE
A VERY RARE GUAN-TYPE HEXAGONAL BOTTLE VASE
A VERY RARE GUAN-TYPE HEXAGONAL BOTTLE VASE
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A VERY RARE GUAN-TYPE HEXAGONAL BOTTLE VASE
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A VERY RARE GUAN-TYPE HEXAGONAL BOTTLE VASE

CHINA, QING DYNASTY, YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)

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A VERY RARE GUAN-TYPE HEXAGONAL BOTTLE VASE
CHINA, QING DYNASTY, YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)
The faceted ovoid body rising to a tall neck flanked by two curving ear-shaped handles, the foot perforated with two apertures, covered overall with a greyish-blue glaze, and the foot rim covered with a brown dressing
11 1/8 in. (28.2 cm.) high
Provenance
Mr. John L. Handy Collection, New York.
Mr. Walter Chrysler (1875-1940) Collection.
Mr. Henri Barr Collection.
C. T. Loo Chinese Art (successor Frank Caro), New York, 25 June 1958.
The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, Chicago.
Literature
The Arts Club of Chicago, Chinese Art from the Collection of James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf, Chicago, 1970, no. C56
Exhibited
Chicago, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chinese Art from the Collection of James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf, 21 September-13 November 1970.

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The faceted shape and long, slender neck may derive from faceted Yue ware vases from the Tang dynasty (ad 618-907). Two examples of faceted hexagonal Yue ware vases, also with slender necks, one from Fufeng County in Shan'xi province, dated to AD 874, and the other, excavated from the Tang dynasty Shanglinhu kiln site in Zhejiang province, are illustrated by Lin Shimin, Celadon and Yue Kilns, Shanghai, 1999, nos. 68 and 69 respectively. Both vases lack the shaped handles found on the present vase.
A vase of similar shape, also with a Yongzheng mark, was sold at Christie's New York, 23 March 2012, lot 2102. Compare, also, the Yongzheng-marked Ru-type vase of very similar shape and of approximately the same size, from the J. M. Hu Family Collection, offered at Sotheby's, New York, 4 June 1985, lot 56.
A slightly smaller vase (9 7/8 in.) of similar shape, but with a celadon glaze and an unusual early Qianlong seal mark, in the Wang-Xing Lou Collection, is illustrated in Imperial Perfection: The Palace Porcelain of Three Chinese Emperors, Hong Kong, 2003, pp. 186-87, no. 69.

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