A fine teadust-glazed bottle vase, incised seal mark and period of Qianlong

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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.

ProvenanceMayuyama & Co., Tokyo.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8th April 2013, lot 3067.

NoteA 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.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 03 Oct 2017