3 November 1996
A FLAMBE-GLAZED ARCHAISTIC VASE, HU
INCISED YONGZHENG FOUR-CHARACTER SEAL MARK AND OF THE PERIOD
The ribbed pear-shaped body applied with two taotie mask handles suspending fixed rings, all under a characteristic thick and bright purple glaze with turquoise streaks thinning to brown over the extremities, the base washed in cafe-au-lait and splashed in celadon
10 1/4 in. (26 cm.) high
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The Tsui Museum of Art, Chinese Ceramics, vol. IV, pl. 32.
In Pursuit of Antiquities, Min Chiu Society Thirty-fifth Anniversary Exhibition, Hong Kong, 1995/1996, Catalogue, pl. 137.
Cf. several related flambe-glazed vases bearing Yongzheng marks, though none of this exact form, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong, pls. 107-110.
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