Lot 872. A rare small teadust-glazed bottle vase, Qianlong incised six-character seal mark and of the period (1736-1795); 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm.) high. Price realised USD 137,500 (Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000). © Christie's 2021
The bulbous body is raised on a short splayed foot and tapers to a long neck below the galleried rim. The vase is covered overall with a speckled glaze of dark olive-green color.
Provenance: Spink & Son Ltd., London, (according to label).
In the United States prior to 1968.
Note: Compare a Qianlong-marked vase of similar form, illustrated in Porcelain from the Tianjin Municipal Museum, Hong Kong, 1993, no. 162. Another is illustrated by R. Krahl in Chinese Ceramics in the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 2, London, 1994, p. 256, no. 935, and another is illustrated by J. Ayers in Chinese Ceramics, The Koger Collection, London, 1985, p. 164, no. 135, where the author notes that the darker glaze is typical of the later period. See, also, the similar Qianlong-marked vase from the Goldschmidt Collection sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 13 November 1990, lot 64.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 23-24 september 2021