Lot 26. A rare teadust-glazed bottle vase, Qianlong seal mark and of the period (1736-1795); 18.8cm (7 3/8in) high. Estimate £ 15,000-20,000. Sold for £ 21,312 (€ 23,841). Photo: Bonhams.
The globular body rising from a spreading foot to a tapering neck and everted rim, covered overall in an olive-green coloured glaze flecked with a fine yellow mist, the base with a six-character seal mark beneath a brown glaze.
Provenance: a European private collection, and thence by descent.
Note: The so called 'Tea-dust' glaze was first produced in the Yongzheng period, using the same metallic colourant as Imperial yellow glazes (iron oxide). Depending on the firing conditions, the glaze might fire a lighter yellowish brown, called 'eel yellow', or a greener hue, called 'snakeskin green'. The monochrome glaze complements the form of the porcelain, perhaps inspired by metalwork, especially archaic bronze forms.
Compare with a similar Qianlong seal mark and period bottle of this form and glaze, illustrated in The Prime Cultural Relics Collected by Shenyang Imperial Palace Museum, vol.II, Liaoning, 2007, p.41. See another similar vase, Qianlong seal mark and of the period illustrated in Art of China: highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, London, 2018, p.200, no.79. See also Porcelains from the Tianjin Municipal Museum, Hong Kong, 1993, pl.162. See also an example included in the exhibition Ethereal Elegance: Porcelain Vases of the Imperial Qing, The Huaihaitang Collection, 2007, Hong Kong, no.64; and a vase illustrated by R.Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol.2, London, 1994, no.935, which was later sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8 April 2013, lot 6.
See also a similar teadust-glazed bottle vase, Qianlong seal mark and of the period, which was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 5 April 2017, lot 3668.
A teadust-glazed bottle vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795), 18.8 cm, 7 3/8 in. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD. Lot sold 350,000 HKD at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 5 April 2017, lot 3668. Photo: Sotheby's.