'Altair and Vega' bottle vase, 18th-18th century, Qing dynasty, ruby-red overlay white glass
A ruby-red overlay white glass ‘Altair and Vega’ bottle vase, Qing dynasty, 18th-18th century. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby’s
of globular form supported on a straight foot, sweeping up to a tubular neck and flanged rim, the opaque white body overlaid with a layer of bright translucent red glass, carved to one side with Vega depicted as a flying apsara and to the other side with Altair as a cowherd riding a buffalo, all amidst branches of flowering crab apple and prunus; 22.5 cm., 8 3/4 in.
Provenance: The Henrich Collection.
Collection of Professor P.H. and Mrs. T. Plesch.
Sotheby’s London, 12th November 1979, lot 10.
Note: A pair of vases of similar form, overlaid in green against an opaque white ground with a flowering prunus, from the Toms collection, was sold in our London rooms, 7th / 9th June 1995, lot 20.