A rare large pink glass bottle vase, Wheel-cut mark and period of Qianlong. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby’s.
beautifully modelled from a solid block of pink-coloured glass, the spherical body supported on a flared foot, sweeping up to a broad tubular neck and flat rim, the glass of even rose-pink colour with paler strains encircling the neck, the recessed base inscribed with a four-character wheel-cut reign mark within double squares; 36.8 cm., 14 1/2 in.
PROVENANCE: Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 15th November 1983, lot 338.
Notes: Another Qianlong vase of this type, was sold twice in these rooms, 31st October 1991, lot 330, and 8th October 2008, lot 2670; a pair was sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 16th September 1989, lot 428; a smaller example was sold in our New York rooms, 22nd March 1999, lot 442; and another, but with a slightly more compressed globular body, inscribed with a four-character seal mark, was sold in these rooms, 27th April 1993, lot 298.
Vases of this form were made in a variety of colours; see a pair of opaque turquoise vases sold in these rooms, 17th November 1988, lot 280; and another of translucent amber-red colour, included in the exhibition Clear as Crystal. Red as Flame, China House Gallery, China Institute in America, New York, 1990, cat. no. 24.
Sotheby’s, Chinese Art, Hong Kong | 24 Nov 2014, 02:30 PM