Lot 808. A rare small pale greenish-blue-glazed triple-necked faceted vase, Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century; 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 5,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2014.
The flattened, tapering vase has three conjoined faceted necks that rise from the rounded shoulder. The vase is covered overall in a matte milky blue-green glaze that thins to mushroom at the edges..
Note: A vase of this shape and approximate size, but covered in a crackled, pale bluish-grey glaze, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, is illustrated in Obtaining Refined Enjoyment: The Qianlong Emperor's Taste in Ceramics, Taipei, 2012, pp. 156-57, no. 59, where it is dated Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. The base of the Taipei vase is inscribed with a Qianlong poem describing the relationship between Guan and Ge wares.
Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 18 – 19 September 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza