Lot 165. A fine and rare white-glazed soft paste vase, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Height 5 1/8 in., 13 cm. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 USD. Lot sold 18,750 USD. Photo Sotheby’s.
of indented elliptical section, the waisted quatrefoil neck rising to a lipped and everted rim flanked on either side by pairs of openwork archaistic dragon-form handles, all supported on a conforming splayed quatrelobed foot, the body with delicately molded design of a pair of confronting dragons on each side, fourkui dragons on the shoulder, the neck with upright leaves beneath a trefoil band, the base with a beribbonedruyi scepter, covered overall in a finely crackled ivory-white glaze.
Provenance: Private European Collection.
Note: The bold angularity of the present piece is not uncommon among other soft paste white-glazed vases of the period. A Qianlong mark and period soft paste vase with similar open work handles and archaistic motifs is illustrated in the Min Chiu Society Exhibition of Monochrome Ceramics, 1977, Catalogue, no. 141. Another Qianlong imperial vase but of globular shape and featuring similar sharply outlined shoulders is illustrated in John Ayers, Chinese Ceramics from the Koger Collection, 1985, no. 140.
For Qianlong imperial vases with similar decoration see Peter Lam, Ethereal Elegance: Porcelain Vases of the Imperial Qing, The Huaihaitang Collection, Hong Kong, 2007, no. 3, pp. 88-89 and Catalogue of 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, 1990, no. 82.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 16 sept. 2014