Lot 3613. A robin's-egg-glazed Hu-form vase, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century; 11 1/4 in. (31 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 90,000 - HKD 120,000. Price Realized HKD 275,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013
Of pear-shaped form, the well potted vase is raised on a slightly splayed foot, and moulded with a bow-string band at the base of the neck which continues under the elephant-head loop handles, covered overall with a mottled opaque glaze of turquoise and purplish-blue tone that continues over the mouth rim and also covers the base, wood stand, Japanese wood box.
Provenance: A Japanese private collector, acquired before 1940.
Note: For a robin's egg-glazed hu-form vase with elephant-head loop handles dated to the Qianglong period in the Gulbenkian Museum of Oriental Art and Archaeology, see I.L. Legaza, A Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue of the Malcolm Macdonald Collection of Chinese Ceramics, London, 1972, pl. XCIII, no. 257.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art (Including The Su Zhu An Collection of Inkstones), Hong Kong, 27 November 2013