A rare soft-paste white-glazed vase, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 21. A rare soft-paste white-glazed vase, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Estimate HK$150,000 - 200,000 (€18,000 - 24,000). Unsold. Photo: Bonhams.

Of flattened baluster form, the slender body rising to a waisted neck ending in a lipped rim with raised bosses, decorated in relief with a pair of mythical beasts emerging from cloud scrolls towards a band of ruyi-heads at the high shoulder, covered overall in a creamy ivory-white glaze suffused with crackles. 37cm (14 1/2in) high

NoteIt is rare to find soft-paste vases of such high quality, crisply decorated with such imaginative stylised mythical beast motifs. These Qianlong period white-glazed wares are thought to be inspired by the ornately moulded creamy-white Ding wares of the Song dynasty. 

Compare a soft paste white-glazed yuhuchunping, decorated with lotus blooms on leafy scrolls, Qianlong, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in The Enchanting Splendor of Vases and Planters: A Special Exhibition of Flower Vessels from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Taipei, 2014, pp.190-191, no.II-28.

A white-glazed soft paste meiping, smaller in size and decorated with peaches, bats and shou characters, Qianlong, previously in the collection of Edward T. Chow, was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 11 April 2008, lot 2507.

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 3 Dec 2015 11:00 HKT, HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY