Lot 158. A rare blue-ground gilt-decorated conjoined triple-neck double-gourd vase, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795); 10.8cm., 4 1/4 in. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 GBP. Lot sold 80,500 GBP. Photo: Sothebys.
well potted, the three double-gourd vases conjoined together forming three lobes rising to three separate tubular necks, decorated in gilt on each section with stylised lotus sprays separated by a band of circles, encircled at the foot with a upright lappets and the rim with a keyfret band, all reserved against a rich deep blue ground, the base with a six-character seal mark.
Provenance: Sotheby's New York, 23rd September 1995, lot 472.
J.M. Hu Family Collection.
Sotheby’s London, 16th June 1999, lot 883.
Note: This charming vase belongs to a special small group of vessels decorated with gilt-paint on a rich blue ground. No other Qianlong example appears to have been published, although a larger vase of this type with a Xianfeng mark and of the period, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics, vol. 15, Shanghai, 2000, pl. 183.
Further examples of Qianlong vases from this group include one illustrated in Gems of the Official Kilns, Taipei, 1993, pl. 90; two of square section in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated ibid., pls 91 and 92; and another included in the Special Exhibition of K’ang-hsi, Yung-cheng and Ch’ien-lung Porcelain Ware from the Ch’ing Dynasty in the National Palace Museum, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1986, cat. no. 79, together with a double-gourd flask, cat. no. 78.