A fine and very rare pair of incised white-glazed bottle vases, Yongzheng six-character marks within double circles and of the period (1723-1735)

A fine and very rare pair of incised white-glazed bottle vases, Yongzheng six-character marks within double circles and of the period (1723-1735)

A fine and very rare pair of incised white-glazed bottle vases, Yongzheng six-character marks within double circles and of the period (1723-1735)

Lot 2104. A fine and very rare pair of incised white-glazed bottle vases, Yongzheng six-character marks within double circles and of the period (1723-1735); 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm.) high (2). Estimate 400,000 - HKD 600,000 USD. Lot sold 2,670,000USD. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013

Each vase is exquisitely potted with the angular shoulder rising to a slim cylindrical neck, incised to the body with a dragon in profile amidst meandering scrolls, and the neck with flame scrolls. They are covered with a soft white glaze.

Property of the Yiqingge Collection. 

NoteCompare to an identical vase of almost the same size in the Baur Collection, illustrated by John Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, vol. 2, Geneva, 1999, no. 302. An identical pair of vases from the Millicent Rogers Collection was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 28 November 2012, lot 2128. Another very similar pair, conceivably the present pair, was illustrated in The J. Insley Blair Collection of Chinese Porcelain, New York, 1925, pl. 1. A copy of this catalogue was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 28 November 2012, lot 2125.  

A fine pair of very rare small incised white-glazed bottle vases, Yongzheng six-character marks within double circles and of the period (1723-1735)

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From the Millicent Rogers Collection. A fine pair of very rare small incised white-glazed bottle vases, Yongzheng six-character marks within double circles and of the period (1723-1735); 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm.) high. Sold for 3,860,000 HKD at Christie's Hong Kong, 28 November 2012, lot 2128. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012

Each vase is exquisitely potted with the slim cylindrical neck tapering to the angled shoulder, incised to the body with a dragon in profile amidst meandering scrolls, and the neck with flame scrolls. They are covered overall with a soft white glaze, wood stands (2). Estimate HKD 400,000 - HKD 600,000

ProvenanceMillicent Rogers (1902-1953) and thence by descent to the present owner.

Note: A pair of vases, very possibly the same vases in the present lot, was illustrated in The J. Insley Blair Collection of Chinese Porcelain, New York, 1925, pl. 1.

Compare an identical vase of almost the same size in the Baur Collection, illustrated by John Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, vol. 2, Geneva, 1999, no. 302. 

Christie'sIMPERIAL SALE: IMPORTANT CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART. 29 May 2013. Convention Hall.