Lot 120. A copper-red-glazed 'Langyao' vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722); Height 15 in., 38 cmEstimate: 30,000 - 40,000 USDUnsold (C) 2020 Sotheby's
of elongated baluster form rising from a short spreading foot to a broad waisted neck, covered overall in a rich red glaze suffused with crackle, draining to a pale celadon tone at the rim and footrim, the interior and base glaze white.
Provenance: Christie's New York, 29th November 1990, lot 203.
NoteThe term 'langyao' is derived from Lang Tingji, governor of Jiangxi province and supervisor of the imperial kilns from 1705 to 1712 who was known for reviving copper-red glazes.
The shape of this vase is a classic form of langyao ware. Several similar examples can be found in museums and private collections. See a taller vase of this type in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in the Catalogue of a Special Exhibition of Ch’ing Dynasty Monochrome Porcelains in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1981, cat. no. 1. Another example with a metal mouthrim in the collection of the Nanjing Museum, was exhibited and published in Qing Imperial Porcelain of the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong Reigns, Nanjing and Hong Kong, 1995, cat. no. 1. A third example of this type was in the exhibition Chinese Porcelain, The S. C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Hong Kong, 1987, pl. 121. See also a similar vase from the collection of Gerson and Judith Leiber, sold in these rooms, 20th March 2018, lot 438.
Sotheby's. Kangxi Porcelain - A Private Collection. Live Auction: 22 September 2020 • 3:00 PM CEST • New York