A flambé red glazed fanghu, Guangxu six-character mark and of the period. Estimate US$5,000 - 7,000 (€4,400 - 6,200). Photo: Bonhams.
Of rectangular section with indented corners to the rim and neck supporting a pair of rectangular lug handles, the body flaring outward above a tall foot and molded with raised peaches on the opposing faces, the scarlet glaze layer streaked with lines of dark blue down the four corners of the body and the faces of the handles, stopping along the unglazed foot and deeply recessed base where the mark is impressed in regular script. 11 3/4in (30cm) high
Provenance: given to the current owner's father, a captain in the navy during World War II
Notes: A flambé red glazed vase, of similar size (12in, 30.5cm high), also with an impressed Guangxu six-character mark and of the period, sold in Christie's, London, sale 5889, 6 November 2012, lot 209. For a vase in the Imperial collections, also with an impressed Guangxu six-character mark, but shorter in size (25.8cm high), see Zhongguo Meishu Fenlei Quanji: Zhongguo Taoci Quanji (Complete Series on Chinese Fine Art Categories: Chinese Ceramics Series): vol. 15, Qing, part 2, 2000, pl. 218 and p. 305.
Bonhams. FINE CHINESE WORKS OF ART AND PAINTINGS, 23 Jun 2015 10:00 PDT - SAN FRANCISCO