Previously sold in our New York Rooms, 22 March 1999, lot 331.
The present vase, together with a small group of large Yongzheng vases of this form, were inspired by Tang dynasty glazed pottery prototypes, such as the example with similar appliques from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection, sold in our New York Rooms, 1 December 1994, lot 146 (see fig. 1); and another amphora included in the Exhibition of Chinese Pottery Burial Objects of the Sui and Tang Dynasties, Hugh M. Moss Ltd., London, 1970, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 107. While the form has been faithfully reproduced in porcelain on the Yongzheng examples, different glazes and styles of decoration were employed.
Of the published vases of this rare type, most are covered in a monochrome glaze, while three known examples are decorated in blue and white. Only one other is covered in a celadon glaze similar to that on the present lot, and it was sold in our London Rooms, 10 June 1991, lot 162. A guan-type-glazed example, now in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, is illustrated by S. W. Bushell, Oriental Ceramic Art, New York, 1980, p. 82, fig. 116; and another with a glaze of sky-blue colour in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Kangxi Yongzheng Qianlong, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 266, pl. 95. As with the present example, the glazes of these two latter vases were most likely inspired by Song dynasty glazes. Two other vases are covered in a teadust glaze: one in the Idemitsu Museum was included in the 15th Anniversary Exhibition Catalogue, Tokyo, 1981, p. 218, no. 967; and the other is illustrated by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics, The Koger Collection, London, 1985, no. 134, where the author suggests that the original may have been sent from Beijing for copying.
The three blue and white examples of this Tang dynasty amphora shape were influenced by Ming dynasty blue and white decoration. The first from the Victoria and Albert Museum, is illustrated by H. Garner, Oriental Blue and White, London, 1977, pl. 76; the second is in the Ohlmer Collection, Roemer Museum, Hildesheim, Germany, illustrated by U. Wiesner, Chinesisches Porzellan, Mainz am Rhein, 1981, no. 51; and the third smaller vase (32.3 cm.) is in the Beijing Palace Museum, illustrated, op. cit., Hong Kong, 1989, p. 176, no. 5.