Lot 3665. A fine teadust-glazed bottle vase, incised seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795), 33.8 cm, 13 3/8 in.. Estimate 800,000 — 1,200,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,687,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.
superbly potted with a compressed globular body supported on a splayed foot, sweeping up to a broad cylindrical neck and a rounded mouthrim, covered overall with an olive-coloured glaze flecked with a fine yellow mist, the glaze stopping neatly above the foot, the base incised with a six-character seal mark beneath a brown glaze, the rounded footring left unglazed and dressed in a brown wash, wood stand.
Provenance: Mayuyama & Co., Tokyo.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8th April 2013, lot 3067.
Note: A pair of vases of this type in the Seikado Bunko Museum, Tokyo, was included in the Museum's exhibition Seikado zo Shincho toji. Keitokuchin kanyo no bi [Qing porcelain collected in the Seikado. Beauty of the Jingdezhen imperial kilns], Tokyo, 2006, cat. no. 109; one from the Meiyintang collection is published in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 2, 1994, pl. 936; another, but with a pale rim, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is illustrated in Rose Kerr, Chinese Ceramics. Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty 1644–1911, London, 1986, pl. 25; and a fifth example is included in John Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, vol. 2, Geneva, 1999, pl. 297.