A large blue-glazed baluster vase, meiping, Qianlong

A large blue-glazed baluster vase, meiping, Qianlong period. Sold for £13,750 (€19,015). Photo Bonhams.

The elegant vase covered on the exterior with a deep blue glaze, stopping neatly at the foot and paling slightly at the mouth, the interior glazed white and the base unglazed, wood stand. 42.5cm high (16 1/2in) (2).

Provenance : Hugh J.Grant and Lucie Mackey Grant Collection
Roy Davids Collection, no.91

NotesHugh J.Grant (1904-1981) was the son of the Hon. Hugh J.Grant (1858-1910), who at the age of 31 was the youngest elected Mayor of New York in the city's history. The Hon. Hugh J.Grant, probably together with his wife Julia Murphy Grant, appears to have been a collector of Chinese porcelain. 

Vases such as the present lot were favoured in both the Ming and Qing dynasties: for a Jiajing period example from the Qing Court Collection, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Monochrome Porcelain, Shanghai, 1999, no.68. Compare also a similar but smaller Yongzheng mark and period meiping vase illustrated inEthereal Elegance: Porcelain Vases of the Imperial Qing, The Huaihaitang Collection, Hong Kong, 2007, pp.108-9, pl.13.

A similar but slightly smaller (38cm high) blue-glazed meiping, Qianlong, from the E.T.Hall Collection, was sold at Christie's London, 5 November 2013, lot 432.

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE ART, 14 May 2015 10:00 BST - LONDON, NEW BOND STREET