Lot 348. A pair of flambé-glazed square pear-shaped vases, fanghu, Guangxu incised six-character marks and of the period (1875-1908); Each 30.5cm (12in) high. Sold for £ 49,000 (€ 57,535). (Estimate £ 12,000 - £15,000). © Bonhams 2001-2021
The form inspired by the early bronze prototypes, with indented corners, applied with rectangular lug handles, and set on raised feet, the bodies moulded to each side with peach shaped panels, covered in a lustrous red glaze with darker striations and paling to a creamy-blue tone at the edges, handles and interiors.
Note: See a very similar flambé-glazed square vase, Guangxu incised six-character mark and of the period, from the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Shanghai, 1999, p.207, no.186.
Compare with a single flambé-glazed square vase, Guangxu incised six-character mark and of the period, which was sold at Sotheby's New York, 11 September 2019, lot 936.
Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art: Including Imperial and Court Textiles Curated by Linda Wrigglesworth, London, 2 november 2021