A transparent cobalt blue glass bottle vase, 18th century

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Lot 50. A transparent cobalt blue glass bottle vase, 18th century. Estimation: USD 2,000 - 3,000. Price realised 4,500 €. Photo: Christie's Image Ltd 2016

The globular body of the thick-walled vase is carved with nine lobes below a plain band at the base of the tall, flared neck. 8 in. (20.3 cm.) high

Provenance: Henrich Collection.
Dr. and Mrs. P.H. Plesch Collection; Sotheby's London, 12 November 1979, lot 99.
Imperial Oriental Art, New York, 2000.
Hugh W. Greenberg (1930-2013) Collection, Franklin, Michigan.

Literature: P.H. Plesch, 'Some Approaches to the Study of Later Chinese Glass', Festchrift für Peter Wilhelm Meister, 1975, pl. 7.

NoteThe color and shape of this unusual vase is stylistically similar to a larger example (11 7/8 in.) with Qianlong four-character mark, where the body is cut with sixteen facets rather than the nine lobes of the present vase, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 19 September 2013, lot 1598. See, also, the Qianlong-marked blue glass bottle vase with a more usual cylindrical neck, but a similar lobed body and band at the base of the neck, from the Shorenstein Collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2010, lot 2947.

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