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A rare celadon-glazed bottle vase, Yongzheng six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1723-1735)Estimate HK$2,400,000 – HK$3,500,000($310,000 – $450,000). Price realized HK$2,680,000 ($347,071)Photo Christie’s Ltd 2014

The vase is potted with a squat bulbous form below a long slender neck and is covered overall with a soft pale green glaze suffused with minute bubbles. 7 5/8 in. (19.5 cm.) high, box

Notes: While celadon-glazed vases imitating Song dynasty Longquan wares are known from the Yongzheng reign, the current celadon vase is extremely rare for its highly unusual form, most notably the squarely profile of the body. No other identical example appears to have been published to date. It is very rare to find a Yongzheng-marked vase of this shape in other glazes as well. The pale green glaze on this vase has an extraordinary satiny surface with an attractive soft sheen, attesting to the virtuosity of the potters at the Imperial kilns.

Compare to a smaller Qianlong-marked Guan-type glazed vase of somewhat similar shape, also with a slightly angular body, from the Baur Collection, illustrated in the The Baur Collection, Geneva, 1972, pl. A343.

CHRISTIES. IMPORTANT CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 26 November 2014, Convention Hall