A pair of yellow-glazed jars and covers, Daoguang six-character incised seal marks and of the period (1821-1850)

Lot 1262. A pair of yellow-glazed jars and covers, Daoguang six-character incised seal marks and of the period (1821-1850); 12 ½ in. (31.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000Price realised USD 125,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 

Each jar has a high-shouldered body tapering to a shallow foot, and a domed cover with everted rim and small round finial. Both are covered overall with a glaze of pale yellow tone.

Note: One of a pair of similarly glazed jars and covers with the same unusual large incised Daoguang seal mark is illustrated by J. Ayers, The Baur Collection, Chinese Ceramics, vol. 3, Geneva, 1972, nos. A 457 and 458, and the mark on one of these jars is illustrated in Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 15, Tokyo, 1983, p. 208, no. 295. See, also, the similar pair of Daoguang-marked jars, but lacking covers, sold at Christie’s New York, 22 March 2007, lot 377. 

The shape and color of these Daoguang covered jars is most likely based on earlier Ming dynasty prototypes, such as the Jiajing example in the Percival Foundation, London, illustrated in Sekai toji zenshuop. cit, p. 196, pl. 257. 

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 14 - 15 September 2017, New York