Previously sold in these Rooms, 29 September 1992, lot 555.
A similar vase was sold in these Rooms, 30 October 2001, lot 833. The theme of archaism is represented two-fold on the present vase and others like it. The form is fairly close to a Han dynasty bronze hu vase, of a type that was no doubt readily available in the Imperial Collections in the 18th century. Likewise, the glaze is a realistic attempt to recapture the spirit of the primary and secondary crackle in the glaze, deliberately created by Southern Song potters for effect. The combination of these two aspects of archaism clearly found favour with the Qing emperors who, during the 18th century, had many items made in archaic forms and in the revered Song glazes.
Compare also with other ge-type glazed hu vases potted with broad shoulders tapering to a slightly narrower foot, such as the one sold in these Rooms, 27 October 2003, lot 706.