Lot 3709. A rare glass waterpot, Mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735); 7.5 cm, 2 7/8 in. Estimate 300,000 — 400,000 HKD. Lot sold 375,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.
of compressed globular form surmounted by a gently tapering rim, the countersunk base wheel-cut with a four-character reign mark, the semi-translucent glass with faint inclusions
Yongzheng reign-marked waterpots are rare, and only a small number is preserved in museum and private collections. For a yellow glass waterpot in the Palace Museum, Beijing, slightly smaller than the current example, and with a more pronounced foot, see Zhang Rong, Luster of Autumn Water. Glass of the Qing Imperial Workshop, Beijing, 2005, cat. no. 14. For another Yongzheng reign-marked transparent glass vessel, see the bottle vase in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated ibid., cat. no. 4.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 03 April 2019