A Guan-type Double-Gourd Bottje Vase. Mark and period of Yongzheng. Photo Sotheby's

the globular lower bulb rising to a smaller ovoid bulb splitting into three slender necks, the two bulbs indented with three deep furrows, dividing the vessel into three lobes, covered overall in an opaque light greyish-green glaze suffused with a network of crackles stained light brown, all supported on the low trefoil foot covered with a dark brown wash, the base inscribed with a six-character reign mark in underglaze blue; 20.8 cm., 8 1/8 in. Estimate 1,200,000—1,500,000 HKD. Lot Sold 3,380,000 HKD

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994-2010, vol. 2, no. 876.

NOTE: Similar triple vases with finely shaped trefoil foot come with various greenish glazes inspired by Song dynasty guan, ge, or Ru wares. A vase of this form with a crackled glaze described as 'sky-blue', probably from the Palace Museum collection, is illustrated in Geng Baochang, Ming Qing ciqi jianding [Appraisal of Ming and Qing porcelain], Hong Kong, 1993, pl. 446; one without the distinct decorative crackle in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is illustrated in He Li, Chinese Ceramics. A New Standard Guide, London, 1996, pl. 521; another is published in John Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, Geneva, 1999, pl. 270; two others were sold in our London rooms, 26th April 1966, lots 163 and 164; and one in these rooms, 5th November 1996, lot 863. A Yongzheng prototype of this design, from the Herschel V. Johnson collection was sold in our London rooms, 21st February 1967, lot 61; and a Jiaqing example in these rooms, 22nd May 1985, lot 240.

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