A Guan-type arrow vase, Daoguang mark and of the period (1821-1850)


Lot 134. A Guan-type arrow vase, Daoguang mark and of the period (1821-1850). 11 3/4in (30cm) high. Estimate US$ 15,000 - 25,000 (€13,000 - 22,000). Sold for US$ 168,750 (€144,999). Photo: Bonhams.

Of circular section with rounded sides rising to a sharply angled shoulder, tapering to a cylindrical neck flanked by tubular handles, all supported on a short foot, the unglazed foot ring enclosing a glazed base centered by a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue, the glazed surfaces of pale, grayish-green with a network of dark brown and very light tan crackles. 

ProvenanceCollection of John Hill Morgan (1870-1945), Farmington, Connecticut, thence by descent.

NoteJohn Hill Morgan was a lawyer, prominent collector of Americana, an authority on portraits of George Washington, a professor and assistant curator of American painting at Yale, a New York state legislator and a director of Bank of America. Around 1915, Morgan began a social hobby of collecting Chinese art alongside a group of Brooklyn friends who did business with China and this vase was most likely purchased at that time. 

For a vase with similar glaze, also with Daoguang mark and of the period, see Christie's, London, 8 November 2011, lot 362.

Bonhams. ASIAN WORKS OF ART. 30 Oct 2017, 10:00 EDT, NEW YORK