A fine and rare 'clair-de-lune'-glazed vase, hu, Mark and period of Kangxi

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Lot 3614. A fine and rare 'clair-de-lune'-glazed vase, hu, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722); 16.6 cm., 6 1/2  inEstimate 2,000,000 — 3,000,000 HKD (233,438 - 350,157 EUR). Lot sold 2,480,000 HKD (285,091 EUR). Photo Sotheby's

the pear-shaped body rising from a short straight foot to a tall slightly tapering neck with everted rim, covered overall with a soft pale blue glaze thinning to white at the rim, the white-glazed base inscribed with an underglaze-blue six-character reign mark. 

Notes: Vessels of this elegant form and glaze colour, known as tian lan ('sky blue'), are rare; see a closely related example of slightly larger proportions in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Monochrome Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 88. Compare also a slightly larger clair-de-lune glazed vase of similar form, but with a longer neck and more compressed body, in the Baur Collection, illustrated in John Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, vol. 2, Geneva, 1999, pl. 177; and another from the collection of David A. Berg, sold at Christie's New York, 21st September 2000, lot 373, and again in these rooms, 11th April 2008, lot 2992.

For the Song prototype of this shape compare a celadon vase in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, published in Oriental Ceramics. The World's Great Collections, vol. 12, Tokyo, 1977, pl. 52.

Sotheby'sImportant Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 07 oct. 2015, 02:30 PM