Lot 25. A copper-red bottle vase, yuhuchun ping, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795); 30 cm, 12 in. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 GBP. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's 2018.
the rounded sides rising from a spreading foot to a waisted neck and everted rim, richly applied on the exterior with a deep copper-red glaze, the base with a seal mark in underglaze blue.
This vase is notable for its vibrant copper-red glaze, the even tone which accentuates the graceful curves of its profile. Copper was notoriously difficult to fire, as the slightest irregularity in any stage of the production would result in undesirable colour and hence the rejection of the piece. With the technical advances made at the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen from the early Qing dynasty, by the Qianlong reign (r. 1736-1795) potters were able to accomplish such previously unattained command over the pigment to successfully create a number of monochrome vessels with a strong and even red tone, such as the present vase.
Copper-red vases of this type are held in important museums and private collections worldwide; see one in the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, included in the Museum’s exhibition Chinese Arts of the Ming and Ch’ing Periods, 1963, cat. no. 440; one in the Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, illustrated in The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, pl. 346; another from the Songzhutang Collection, sold twice in our New York rooms, 17th September 2003, lot 100 and 15th September 2015, lot 85; and a fourth vase from the Duke of Fife and Bulgari Collection, sold in our New York rooms, 14th September 2011, lot 213. Further Qianlong marked copper-red glazed vases of this type include one from the Gordon Collection, sold at Christie’s New York, 24th March 2011, lot 1144; and another sold in these rooms, 17th December 1996, lot 134, and again in our Hong Kong rooms, 3rd October 2017, lot 3654.
Property from the Songzhutang collection. A copper-red glazed vase (yuhuchunping), Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Height 11 3/4 in., 29.9 cm. Sold for 100,000 USD at Sotheby's, New York, 15th September 2015, lot 85. Photo: Sotheby's.
A copper-red-glazed pear-shaped vase, yuhuchunping, Qianlong seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795), 11¾ in. (30 cm.) high. Sold for 218,500 USD at Christie's, New York, 24th March 2011, lot 1144. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011
A copper-red glazed vase, yuhuchunping, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795), 30 cm, 11 3/4 in. Sold for 600,000 HKD at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 3rd October 2017, lot 3654. Photo: Sotheby's.
Sotheby's . Important Chinese Art, London, 16 May 2018, 10:30 AM