An opaque sky-blue bottle vase, Qianlong four-character wheel-cut mark within a square and of the period (1736-1795). Estimate $15,000 – $20,000. Price Realized $137,000. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
The vase has a bulbous body raised on a slightly flared foot and is surmounted by a tall, cylindrical neck.9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) high.
Provenance: Mrs. Molly O’Daniel Danielson, Santa Barbara, California.
Imperial Oriental Art, New York, 1998.
Hugh W. Greenberg (1930-2013) Collection, Franklin, Michigan.
Notes: Glass vases of this bottle shape, with similar Qianlong marks, were made in various colors, in both opaque and transparent glass. Several in the Andrew K.F. Lee Collection are illustrated in Elegance and Radiance: Grandeur in Qing Glass, The Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2000, pp. 100-107, nos. 9-12. An opaque turquoise example in the Robert H. Clague Collection is illustrated by C. Brown and D. Rabiner in Chinese Glass of the Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911, pp. 36-7, no. 35.
Christie’s. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 18 – 19 September 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.