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AN IMPERIAL RED-OVERLAY PINK GLASS BOTTLE VASE
AN IMPERIAL RED-OVERLAY PINK GLASS BOTTLE VASE

QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN A SQUARE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

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AN IMPERIAL RED-OVERLAY PINK GLASS BOTTLE VASE QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN A SQUARE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795) The slender pear-shaped body finely carved in varying relief through the transparent raspberry-coloured skin to the opaque pink ground with a meandering stem of leafy peony scroll bearing four blossoms, between a band of lappets below and bands of pendent overlapping stiff leaves and bosses on the tall neck, the spreading foot also encircled by petal lappets 9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) high
Provenance
Previously sold at Christie's New York, 2 December 1989, lot 74
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. 90

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This interesting combination of transparent glass overlay carved through to an opaque ground is typical of glass vessels made at the Imperial workshops located within The Hall of Cultivating the Mind, Yangxindian, that were set up in the Kangxi period and continued throughout the Yongzheng and Qianlong periods. Compare with related overlay glass vessels dated to the Qianlong period in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Zhongguo meishu quanji - Gongyi meishu bian, vol. 10, Beijing, 1987, pls. 263-77. Most of the Beijing examples bear Qianlong reign marks engraved in standard script. The subtle and complementary contrast of the two colours of the present vase is quite unusual.

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