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A superb flambé-glazed vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong


A superb flambé-glazed vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong. Photo Sotheby’s

the superbly potted body of circular section, elegantly rising from a splayed foot to angular shoulders, sweeping up to a tall tapered neck and lipped rim, the neck flanked by a pair of ear-shaped handles moulded with ruyi-head tips, a horizontal rib encircling the body below the shoulders, the exterior covered with an unctuous plum-coloured glaze highlighted by cobalt-blue streaks draining away from the handles leaving a creamy-mushroom colour, the interior with streaks of mushroom-brown against a pale blue ground, the footring left unglazed exposing the biscuit, the base glazed golden-brown covering the faint incised reign mark; 22.1 cm., 8 3/4  in. Estimation 700,000900,000HKD

PROVENANCE: Mayuyama & Co Ltd.

EXPOSITIONHosokawa Morisada Collection ten II – Shinno jiki, Persia no touki [Morisada Hosokawa Collection exhibition II – Qing porcelains and Persian ceramics], Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art, Kumamoto, 1993, cat. no. 53.

LITTERATURE: Morisada Hosokawa, Mokumei Goshiki: Shinchō jiki [Bewildering colours: Qing Dynasty porcelains], Tokyo, 1992, no. 10.

A closely related flambé-glazed vase in the Capital Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Xiong Liao, Gems of the Official Kilns, Taipei, 1993, pl. 147; and another from the Hall Family Collection, was sold in our London rooms, 12th July 2006, lot 150.

Flambé glazes derive from the Jun wares of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), a glaze that was first revived during the Yongzheng period and remained popular throughout the Qing Dynasty. For a Yongzheng prototype of this vase see one sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 21st September 2004, lot 316.

Sotheby’s. Heirlooms of Chinese Art from the Hosokawa Clan. Hong Kong | 08 oct. 2014, 10:00 AM