A fine and rare celadon-glazed vase, mark and period of Yongzheng (173-1735)

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Lot 2671. A fine and rare celadon-glazed vase, mark and period of Yongzheng (173-1735); 17 cm., 6 3/4 in. Estimate 2,000,000—3,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 2,420,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2010

the compressed globular body supported on a tall splayed foot, elegantly rising to a cylindrical neck surmounted by a cupped mouth, the neck flanked by two small lug-handles, covered overall in an unctuous evenly coloured pale green glaze, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within a double circle.

Provenance: Private Japanese Collection.
Sotheby's Hong Kong 23rd October 2005, lot 367.

Note: No other vase of this highly unusual and elegant shape appears to be published and Geng Baochang's arguably exhaustive study of Yongzheng porcelain shapes in Ming Qing ciqi jianding, Beijing, 1993, does not include a such vase.

The archaistic form, with its small lug-handles flanking the neck, indirectly harks back to Warring States or Han bronzes and therefore conceptually, the vase is somewhat related to other Yongzheng monochrome vases, such as a meiping set on the shoulders with three lug-handles and accented around the body with concentric raised borders, sold in these rooms, 7th May 2002, lot 510, of which examples in robin's-egg and Guan-type glazes are known. These however all bear seal marks.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, 08 Oct 10, Hong Kong.