A rare sapphire-blue overlay glass ‘Peony’ bottle vase, Wheel-cut mark and period of Qianlong. Estimate 150,000 — 200,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby’s
of pear-shaped form with a waisted neck, the rice-coloured glass body overlaid with a layer of bright translucent blue glass, finely carved with two peonies and two smaller blossoms wreathed in scrolling foliage, the neck collared with plantain leaves and the base encircled by lotus lappets, the flat base inscribed within a coin shape with a four character wheel-cut mark; 20.1 cm., 7 7/8 in
Provenance: Collection of Professor P.H. and Mrs. T. Plesch.
Sotheby’s London, 12th November 1979, lot 81.
Note: The vase was originally set with two mythical-beast handles. These would have been modelled separately and fit in four clusters which are still visible on the side of the neck. See two similar vases, part of a set of five sacrificial glass vessels from the Qing Court collection, illustrated by Zhang Rong, Lustre of Autumn Water. Glass of the Qing Imperial Workshop, Beijing, 2005, pl. 72. The four-character reign mark incised within a coin-shape is also known otherwise on other glass vases of various shapes from the Qianlong reign; see one carved with a similar flower scroll, published in ibid. pl. 68, together with a red overlay vase decorated with a peach tree and bats, pl. 55.
Sotheby’s, Chinese Art, Hong Kong | 24 Nov 2014, 02:30 PM