Lot 3716. A flambé-glazed vase, fanghu, Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736-1795); 12 in. (30.5 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 300,000 - HKD 400,000. Price realised HKD 400,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.
The wide body tapering towards the quatrefoil mouth rim and moulded on each main side with peach-shaped cartouches, the narrow sides with a pair of applied lug handles, covered overall with an unctuous glaze of dark red tone streaked with purple and lavender, thinning to a clear colour at the rim, lobed edges and handles, the base covered with a pale brown wash, hardwood stand, Japanese wood box.
Provenance: From the collection of a Japanese temple, Osaka, Kansai.
Note: A flambe-glazed vase of this form with a Qianlong seal mark is illustrated by de Vasselot and Ballot, The Louvre Museum: Chinese Ceramics, vol. II, pl. 35. Another Qianlong-marked flambe-glazed fanghu-form vase of similar height (12 in.) was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 26 April 2004, lot 1058 and another at Christie's New York, 17 September 2008, lot 521.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, HKCEC Grand Hall, 1 June 2011