A celadon-glazed double-gourd vase, Qianlong seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1735-1796) 

Lot 1135. A celadon-glazed double-gourd vase, Qianlong seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1735-1796), 13 in. (33 cm.) high. Estimate USD 150,000 - USD 250,000Price realised USD 602,500 © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 

Of pear shape, molded with two double bow-string bands below a pair of lug handles that flank the neck, with a very slight raised edge on the lower body above the spreading foot which is encircled at the top by a single bow-string band, covered overall with a pale, very slightly greenish-grey glaze suffused with an irregular pattern of dark grey ('iron wire') crackle, the unglazed bottom of the foot covered with a brown dressing. 

Note: Double-gourd vases are also known as dajiping (vase of good fortune), as the double gourd, or bottle gourd, symbolizes fertility and good fortune. 

A similar vase of the same size from the Nanjing Museum was included in the The Exhibition of Qing Imperial Porcelain of the Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong Reigns, 1995, no. 69; and one is illustrated in Chinese Porcelain: The S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, vol. I, Hong Kong, 1987, pl. 106. Another is illustrated in Qing Imperial Monochromes: The Zande Lou Collection, Shanghai Museum, Beijing Museum, and Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2005, pp. 118, no. 42. A similar vase with its original small stopper/cover from the Jingguantang Collection was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 3 November 1996, lot 571, and again 28 October 2002, lot 723. See, also, the vase sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 31 May 2010, lot 2012.

The shape and color of the glaze of the present vase and the others like it appear to be a Qing interpretation of earlier Longquan celadon double-gourd vases of Song dynasty date, such as the example illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1976, p. 166, no. 484.  

Christie's. Magnificent Qing Monochrome Porcelains and Earlier Works of Art from the Gordon Collection, 24 March 2011, New York