19 décembre 2021

A fine and very rare pair of celadon-glazed ovoid vases with chilong appliques, Qianlong six-character seal marks and of the per

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Lot 2912. A fine and very rare pair of celadon-glazed ovoid vases with chilong appliques, Qianlong six-character seal marks in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795); 10 1⁄4 in. (26.1 cm.) high, boxes. Price realised HKD 26,650,000 (Estimate HKD 7,000,000 - HKD 9,000,000)© Christie's 2021

Well potted and resting on its recessed base, each ovoid vase is applied with an exquisite chilong with well-defined features clambering over the mouth rim, covered overall with an even and delicate bluish-celadon glaze.

Provenance: The J.M. Hu (1911-1995), Zande Lou Collection.

LiteratureHelen D. Ling and Edward T. Chow, Collection of Chinese Ceramics from the Pavilion of Ephemeral Attainment, vol. III, Hong Kong, 1950, pl. 181.

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ExhibitedShanghai Museum, Beijing Museum, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Qing Imperial Monochromes. The Zande Lou Collection, 2005, Catalogue, pp. 114-115, no. 40
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, In Pursuit of Antiquities: 40th Anniversary Exhibition of the Min Chiu Society, 6 July-26 August 2001, Catalogue no. 186.

NoteThe present pair of vases exemplify the technical and artistic genius of the imperial kilns during the Qianlong reign. The semi-translucent and delicate glaze covering the jars, inspired by the Longquan celadon glaze of the Southern Song, is a testament to the success of the 18th-century Jingdezhen imperial kilns in perfecting the application of celadon glazes on to a white porcelain body. In addition, the moulding of the chilong, shown clambering over the mouth rims, as if taking a peek inside the jars, is particularly and exquisite with a sense of liveliness, imbuing the otherwise minimalist vases with a sense of dimensions and liveliness.

The present pair of vases appears to be unique. The closest comparable example seems to be a pair of unmarked Jun-type glazed ovoid jars with chilong appliqués dated to the Yongzheng period in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, accession numbers 49.2060 and 49.2061 (fig. 1). It is interesting to note that the glazes on the Yongzheng and Qianlong examples are both inspired by classic Song glazes, which were perfected at the Imperial kilns at Jingdezhen under the renowned superintendent Tang Ying, reflecting the trend of archaism popular during the 18th-century advocated by the Emperors themselves.

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fig. 1 Jun-type glazed ovoid jar with chilong appliqués, Yongzheng period © The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 3 december 2021


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