Lot 870. A teadust-glazed hu- form vase, Qianlong incised six-character seal mark and of the period (1736-1795); 13 ¾ in. (34.9 cm.) high, Japanese wood boxEstimate: USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. Price realised USD 537,500© Christie's 2021

The pear-shaped vase tapers to a waisted neck that is flanked by two elephant-head handles suspending fixed rings, and is covered overall with a glaze of mottled, olive-green color, the foot is covered with a dark brown wash.

Provenance: Private collection, Kyoto, Japan, acquired in 1910-20 and thence by descent within the family.

NoteDuring the Qianlong period, vases of this shape were made with various monochrome glazes. Some of the other monochrome glazes include a Ge-type glaze, as seen on a vase illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Japan, 1987, no. 960; a flambé glaze found on two vases sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 29 May 2013, lot 2279 and 1 June 2011, lot 3716; and a Ru-type glaze on a larger vase (16 ½ in. high), also sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 31 May 2017, lot 3203. A teadust-glazed vase of this form and of comparable size (12 1/8 in. high) was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 June 2011, lot 3708.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 23-24 september 2021