29 novembre 2018

A fine blue and white double-gourd flask, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736- 1795)

A fine blue and white double-gourd flask, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736- 1795)

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Lot 2968. A fine blue and white double-gourd flask, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736- 1795); 6 ¾ in. (17.2 cm.) highEstimate HKD 1,000,000 - HKD 1,500,000Price realised HKD 1,375,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018. 

The flask is supported on a recessed foot rising to a globular lower body curving to a narrow waist, the elongated upper bulb thinning to a tapered neck and flanked by ‘S’-shaped handles ending in ruyi-heads. The exterior is decorated with a band of ruyi-shaped pendants encircling the mouth rim and stylised lotus scrolls covering the body and handles, the base is inscribed with the reign mark in underglaze blue, box. 

ProvenanceAn American private collector, active from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Note: The present vase is very rare, as no other double-gourd vase decorated with lotus scroll pattern appears to have been published, most examples are decorated with a double-dragon pattern. See a Qianlong-marked vase decorated with a dragon pattern in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, accession no. ?-?-006955-N000000000. Also see another similar vase sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 30 May 2006, lot 1409.

A fine blue and white double-gourd 'Dragon' vase, Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736- 1795)

A fine blue and white double-gourd 'Dragon' vase, Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736- 1795); 7 in. (17.8 cm.) high. Price realised HKD 660,000 at Christie’s Hong Kong, 30 May 2006, lot 1409© Christie's Images Ltd 2006. 

Finely decorated to each face with confronted dragons descending on either side of ashou medallion, the long sinuous bodies with elaborate streaming scrolls, the tails surrounding a stylised bat medallion, the arched handles joined at the body with a ruyi-head terminal and reserved with flowers on a blue-ground, box. Estimate HKD 300,000 - HKD 400,000.

Previously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 31 October 1995, lot 469.

A Qianlong-marked flask of this pattern in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, is included in the Illustrated Catalogue of Ching Dynasty Porcelain, pl. 3; and another flask of the same form with gilt decoration on a blue-ground was included in the exhibition, Special Exhibition of K'ang-hsi, Yung-cheng and Ch'ien-lung Porcelain, Taiwan, 1986, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 78.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 28 November 2018


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