A fine large sacrificial-blue glazed vase, meiping. Qianlong six-character mark within double-circles and of the period. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2010
The vase is well-potted with a short, slightly flared cylindrical neck, the broad angular shoulder tapering gently to the narrow foot, the exterior with a brilliant purplish-blue glaze; 13 3/4in. (35cm.) high - Estimate HK$1,200,000 - HK$1,800,000. Price Realized HK$3,620,000 ($468,067)
Provenance: Previously sold at Christie's New York, 2 June 1994, lot 313
Notes: The present vase with its reign mark written in standard script within double-circles suggests a dating to the earlier period of the Qianlong reign, continuing those that were made in the Yongzheng period also with the mark written in standard script such as the example from the N.H.P. Huth Collection, sold at Christie's London, 19 June 2001, lot 56. Two other Qianlong vases with seal script reign marks are known, the first is in the Zhuyuetang Collection and was included in the exhibition, Shimmering Colours, Monochromes of the Yuan to the Qing Periods, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2005, p. 129, no. 62; and the other was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 November 2007, lot 1722.
A fine copper-red glazed pear-shaped vase, yuhuchunping. Daoguang six-character sealmark and of the period (1821-1850). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2010
Sturdily potted, the pear-shaped body rising to a flared mouth, supported on a low splayed foot, covered overall with an even deep raspberry-red glaze, the interior and base with a transparent glaze; 11 3/4in. (29.7 cm.) high - Estimate HK$500,000 - HK$700,000. Price Realized HK$920,000 ($118,956)
Provenance: Previously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 17 November 1975, lot 157; and sold again at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 16th November 1988, lot 340
Exhibited: On Loan at the Dorchester International Ceramics Fair, London, June, 1986
Notes: Copper-red vases of this form were made from the Yongzheng period through to the late Qing period. Compare with two Daoguang-marked examples, the first included in the exhibition, Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing from the Kwan Collection, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1983, illustrated in the Catalogue, pl. 83, and later in the Yangzhitang Collection, sold at Christie's Singapore, 30 March 1997, lot 323. The second vase is illustrated by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics from the Baur Collection, Geneva, 1999, p. 233, no. 337.
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