A rare pair of opaque sky-blue mallet-shaped vases, Jiaqing four-character wheel-cut marks within a square and of the period (1796-1820). Estimate $40,000 – $60,000. Price Realized $149,000. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
Each vase has a domed body surmounted by a cylindrical neck that rises to a lipped rim. The opaque glass has swirls of a bluer tone. 7 3/8 in. (18.8 cm.) high.
Provenance: Imperial Oriental Art, New York, 1999.
Hugh W. Greenberg (1930-2013) Collection, Franklin, Michigan.
Notes: Turquoise or sky-blue vases of this mallet or ‘horse hoof’ shape were also made in the Qianlong period, such as the vase with Qianlong mark in the collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, included in the exhibition, Clear as Crystal, Red as Flame’, China Institute, New York, 21 April – 16 June 1990, no. 35, and another sold at Christie’s New York, 20 March 2001, lot 5.
A very similar vase, also with Jiaqing mark, which appears to have similar swirling in the opaque sky-blue glass, in the Robert Clague Collection, is illustrated by C. Brown and D. Rabiner in Chinese Glass of the Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911, Phoenix Art Museum, 1987, pp. 42-3, no. 43. A transparent green glass example, also with Jiaqing mark, was included in the exhibition catalogue, The Minor Art of China III, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1987, p. 90, no. 118.
Christie’s. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 18 – 19 September 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.