An octagonal facetted green glass bottle vase. Qianlong wheel-cut four-character mark and of the period. photo Bonhams

The brilliant emerald-green glass of elegant pear-shaped form, supported on a tall foot, the swollen body cut into eight symmetrical facets and gently rising to a tall tapering neck, the recessed base with wheel-cut four character mark within a prominent square, Japanese inscribed wood box. 14.7cm (5 3/4in) high. Sold for HK$228,000

清乾隆 綠料八角瓶 四字楷書刻款

It is rare to find a glass vase of this form in green, but examples in other colours are recorded. For an octagonal facetted yellow glass vase, see Emily Byrne Curtis, Pure Brightness Shines Everywhere: The Glass of China, Aldershot, 2004, pl. 9.1. For a turquoise Qianlong reign-marked glass vase of this shape in the Andrew K. F. Lee collection, see Elegance and Radiance, The Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2000, cat.no. 17.

For glass vases of similar octagonal form sold at auction, see a turquoise example, sold Sotheby's Hong Kong, 25 April 2004, lot 140; and a 'realgar' example, sold Christie's London, 3 November 2009, lot 14.


An Imperial yellow glass bottle vase. Qing dynasty. photo Bonhams

Of globular form supported on a short foot, gently rising at the shoulder to an elegant flaring neck, the metal of a rich egg-yolk colour. 10.7cm (4 1/4in) high. Estimate: HK$60,000 - 80,000, USD 7,700 - 10,000 Unsold

Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 5 November 1997, lot 1243

清 御製黃料天球瓶


Bonhams. Fine Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Paintings, 28 May 2010. JW Marriott Hotel www.bonhams.com