A rare sang-de-boeuf bottle vase, Kangxi. Sold for HK$ 400,000 (€41,976). Photo Bonhams.
The bulbous body tapering to a elegantly waisted neck and ending in a flaring rim, the exterior covered in various shades of red-glaze, the base clothed in a dappled light red tone and gently softening to a light cherry-red tone, the foot and neck drawn into a mesh of bold crackle, thinning gradually into a watery green colour, the base dappled with splashes of celadon glaze and red spots. 36cm (14 1/8in) high
Provenance: C.T. Loo collection, succeeded by Frank Caro, no.B27
Yamanaka & Co. Inc. Oriental Art, New York
Parke-Bernet Galleries Inc., 26 May 1944, lot 679, sold by Order of the Alien Property Custodian of the United States
Exhibited and Published: Exhibition of Chinese Arts, C.T. Loo & Co., New York, 1 November 1941 – 30 April 1942, no.862
Parke Bernet Galleries Inc., Liquidation of the Entire Stock of The New York Store of Yamanaka & Co. Inc. Oriental Art. Part One. Third Session, 26 May 1944, lot 679
Note: The copper-red coloured glaze is often considered one of the most difficult to fire, given that exact kiln temperature conditions are needed in order to achieve even rich red tones. Generally figured in a reducing atmosphere, miscalculations in time and technique often results in the copper glaze turning grey or pale green. While the glaze on the present lot is not even, with thinned areas on the mouth rim and neck, it lends an unusual but pleasing aesthetic which emphasizes the elegant shape of the vase. The vase’s form is particularly well proportioned, with the slightly flared neck tapering down to the rounded body.
BONHAMS. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 27 Nov 2014 14:30 HKT – HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY