Lot 541. A fine celadon-glazed and gilt 'Rope-twist' vase, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Height 7 in., 17.8 cm. Estimate 60,000 - 80,000 USD. Lot Sold 75,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
the globular body rounding to a waisted neck and everted rim, the sides modeled in low-relief with a continuous band of intertwining diamond trellis pattern set with an upright loop handle to either side in imitation of basketwork, the pattern highlighted in gilt, the exterior covered overall in a semi-translucent pale bluish-green glaze, the rim gilt, the interior and base a pale turquoise, the base inscribed with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue.
A similar vase to the present example but of smaller size and with additional gilt decoration on the rims, from the collection of T.T. Tsui, is illustrated in The Tsui Museum of Art, Chinese Ceramics, IV, Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 178. Another similar vase of the same period but lacking gilt decoration is in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures in the Palace Museum, Monochrome Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 140.
Similar vases without gilt decoration bearing Yongzheng seal marks are also known. One sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 26th October 2003, lot 53 and another sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 3rd June 2015, lot 3433.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 20 march 2019