A small ru-type faceted hu-form vase. Qianlong seal malk in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795)

Covered overall with a thick glaze of bluish-grey tone, the tapering neck flanked by tubular handles, the unglazed foot rim covered with a dark brown dressing - 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm.) high, box - Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

Notes : A larger (9½ in.) vase of similar form, also with Qianlong mark and covered in a Ru-type glaze, was sold in these rooms, 24 March 2004, lot 241.
A pair of vases of similar form and of the same size (5 5/8 in), also with Qianlong marks, but covered with a Guan-type glaze are illustrated by R. Scott, For the Imperial Court - Qing Porcelain from the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, New York, Singapore and London, 1997, p. 106, no. 37. Another vase of similar height (14.6 cm.) and form, also with Qianlong mark and covered in a Guan-type glaze, is illustrated by J. Ayers, The Baur Collection, vol. III, Geneva, 1972, no. A344.

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