Lot 330. A rare pair of celadon-glazed flower vases, Yongzheng six-character seal marks in underglaze blue and of the period (1723-1735). Estimate £150,000 – £200,000 ($229,800 - $306,400). Price realised GBP 386,500. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015.
Each vase has a compressed pear-shaped body supported on a short slightly tapering foot, covered overall in a lustrous glaze of soft celadon tone, thinning along the mouth rim and pooling around the foot ring. 2 ¾ in. (7 cm.) high, wood stand
Provenance: Sotheby's London, 10 June 1997, lot 83.
Notes: Compare the present lot to a very similar Yongzheng mark and period flower holder in the Percival David Collection at the British Museum in London, published by Rosemary Scott in The Illustrated Catalogue of Ming and Qing Monochrome Wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 1989, p. 57. Also see a celadon-glazed example with a Qianlong mark, decorated with flower scrolls, in the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, illustrated in the Museum's exhibition Qingdai Danse You Ciqi Tezhan, Taipei, 1981, cat. no. 93.
CHRISTIE'S. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART, 10 November 2015, London, King Street