17 - 18 September 2015
A RARE CELADON-GLAZED RELIEF-DECORATED BALUSTER VASE
QIANLONG SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
The tapering body is finely decorated in relief with a band of leafy flower scroll bearing four large blossoms between a band of narrow chrysanthemum petals below and a ruyi collar on the rounded shoulder. The tall neck is decorated on each side with a pair of confronted archaistic birds between bow-string borders and repeated on the pair of tubular handles, all below a ruyi band at the flared rim. The vase is covered overall with a glaze of soft sea-green color that thins on the raised decoration and rims. Together with fitted 19th century French ormolu mounts.
Vase 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm.) high
Nellie Lisa Bass, Baroness Burton (1873-1931).
George Evan Michael Baillie, Baron Burton (1894-1952).
Michael Evan Victor Baillie, Baron Burton (1924-2013)
Partridge Fine Arts Ltd., London, September 1984.
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On loan: Birmingham City Art Gallery, circa 1950-1983.
The pair to the present vase was sold at Christie's New York, 20-21 March 2014, lot 2181.
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