Lot 606. A Robin's Egg-Blue-Glazed 'Lantern' Vase, Qianlong incised six-character seal mark and of the period (1736-1795); 9 ¼ in. (23.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 120,000 - USD 180,000. Price realised USD 137,500. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018.
The body tapers slightly towards the foot and is flanked by a pair of molded mock handles in the shape of inverted vases below the high shoulder and wide, slightly waisted neck. The vase is covered overall with an opaque turquoise glaze densely mottled in bright, dark blue that also covers the foot and mark, while the foot is covered in a blackish-brown wash.
Provenance: Hall Family Collection (inventory no. 271).
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 2 May 2000, lot 568.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 10 April 2006, lot 1628.
The Studio of the Clear Garden.
Note: Vases of this 'lantern' shape, applied with the unusual mock handles of inverted vase shape, originated in the Yongzheng period, when they were made with Guan and Ge-type glazes, such as the two Yongzheng examples in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated by Geng Baochang (ed.), Gugong Bowuyuan cang Qingdai yuyao ciqi, Beijing, 2005, pls. 174 and 206. However, during the Qianlong period the shape became a vehicle for the robin's egg-blue glaze.
A similar robin's egg-blue-glazed vase with Qianlong mark was 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, Taipei, 1986, no. 93. Another example illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994, vol. 2, no. 923, was subsequently sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 4 April 2012, lot 6. See, also, the example from the Grandidier Collection in the Musée Guimet, Paris, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, vol. 7, Tokyo, 1982, no. 184; and another included in An Exhibition of Important Chinese Ceramics from the Robert Chang Collection, Christie's London, 1993, no. 49.
A 'robin's-egg' blue lantern vase, Incised seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795), from the Meiyintang Collection; 23.7 cm., 9 3/8 in. Lot sold 1,940,000 HKD at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 4 April 2012, lot 6. Photo Sotheby's
Cf. my post: A 'robin's-egg' blue lantern vase, Incised seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795)
Vase à décor "oeuf de rouge-gorge", règne de Qianlong (1736-1795), fours de Jingdezhen. Hauteur : 24,5 cm. Diamètre : 14,6 cm. Collection Ernest Grandidier, G 874, Paris, musée Guimet - musée national des Arts asiatiques. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (MNAAG, Paris) / Richard Lambert
Christie's. The Studio of the Clear Garden: Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 22 March 2018, New York