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A fine Ruyao-type vase, Qianlong mark and of the period. Photo Bonhams.

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Raised on a straight circular foot, the globular body molded at the mid-section with three plain bands and tapering inward to a banded shoulder and cylindrical neck set off by two additional evenly spaced rings below the cup-shaped mouth, covered in and out with a delicate pale blue-grey glaze resembling that of Song period Ru wares, the six-character mark written in underglaze blue to the center of the recessed base. 10 3/8in (26.4cm) high. Estimate US$ 100,000 - 150,000 (€73,000 - 110,000)

Provenance: purchased in Shanghai 1941-1944
brought to the United States in 1947
Property from a Pacific Northwest Gentleman, by Descent.

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Qianlong pieces of this type and glaze are rare. For what may be an identical example from the J.M Hu Family collection, see Sotheby's Hong Kong sale HK0214, 2 May 2005, lot 687, previously sold at Sotheby's New York, 4 June 1985, as lot 57. The 2005 catalog notes that a Yongzheng vase of this type can be seen on a Castiglione painting, illustrated in Beurdeley and Raindre, Qing Porcelain, 1987, plate 216.

See also the Song prototype for this piece, illustrated in Grey, Early Chinese Pottery and Porcelain London, 1952, plate 96.

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE WORKS OF ART. San Francisco. 17 Dec 2013 - www.bonhams.com