A small tea-dust-glazed bottle vase, Qianlong six-character inscribed seal mark and of the period (1736-1795)

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A small tea-dust-glazed bottle vase, Qianlong six-character inscribed seal mark and of the period (1736-1795)Estimate $30,000 – $50,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The vase with bulbous body and neck that tapers to a galleried rim is covered overall with a glaze of dark olive-green color that also covers the base around the mark which is covered with a glaze of mottled brown color. 7 ½ in. (19 cm.) high

Provenance: Christie's New York, 18 September 2003, lot 344
Michael L. Vermeer, Atlanta, Georgia.

NotesCompare the similar vase with the more usual tea-dust glaze, and Qianlong mark, illustrated in Porcelain from the Tianjin Municipal Museum, Hong Kong, 1993, no. 162. Another is illustrated by R. Krahl in Chinese Ceramics in the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 2, London, 1994, p. 256, no. 935, and another is illustrated by J. Ayers in Chinese Ceramics, The Koger Collection, London, 1985, p. 164, no. 135, where the author notes that the darker glaze is typical of the later period. See, also, the similar Qianlong-marked vase from the Goldschmidt Collection sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 13 November 1990, lot 64.

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 17 - 18 September 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza