A rare copper-red glazed pear-shaped vase, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795)

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Lot 457. A rare copper-red glazed pear-shaped vase, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); 22.5 cm, 8 7/8  in. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 HKD. Lot sold 562,500 HKD. © Sotheby's.

superbly potted with a pear-shaped body rising from a splayed foot to a horizontal fillet around the shoulder, sweeping up to a tall cylindrical neck flaring towards the rim, applied to the exterior with a translucent copper-red glaze of rich crushed strawberry tone suffused with a network of fine crackle, thinning to a rosy-pink colour just below the rim and darkening to a liver-red tone as it pools around the foot, the interior and base left white, inscribed to the base with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue.

ProvenanceChristie's London, 16th December 1981, lot 68.

Note: Copper-red vases of this form are rare. Another example from the Park Mc Cullough house association was sold at Christie's New York, 22nd March 2007, lot 412.

Sotheby's. Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 30 May 2019