Lot 3554. A Flambé-Glazed Vase, Zun, Seal Mark and Period of Yongzheng (1723-1735). H 26cm. Sold for HKD 4,500,000 (Estimate HKD 2,800,000 - 3,200,000). © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited 2022 

Provenance: 1. Christie's Hong Kong, 30 May 2006, no. 1366
2. Meiyintang Collection, Switzerland.

Published: Kang Ruijun, The Meiyintang Collection of Chinese Ceramics, Volume IV (II), London, 1994-2010, pp. 359-361, no. 1809

Note: The bottle has a flared mouth, a narrow neck, a tapering neck, and a pendulous belly with a lower footrim. The shoulders are decorated with two sets of double-stringed lines near the mouth and on the abdomen, and the two sides of the shoulders are decorated with paved head rings, with a ring in the mouth of the animal face, known as a 'paved head ring', which evolved from the bronze shoulder decoration of paved ear rings. The base is covered with a sauce-coloured glaze of varying shades, the central underglaze mark inscribed in seal script, Yongzheng nian zhi ('Made during the Yongzheng period') in negative seal script.

The Yongzheng emperor's preference for jun porcelain led him to order the firing of imitation jun porcelain and the development of other similar glazes, and according to the Qing dynasty documents, the imperial family sent Tang Ying, a member of the Imperial Household Staff and a pottery assistant at the imperial kiln factory in Jingdezhen, to assist in the kiln affairs of the factory for seven years. "After repeated experiments, the kiln was 'newly transformed' in the thirteenth year of the Yongzheng reign (1735). This led to a controlled breakthrough in all aspects of the antique copper-red kiln-change glaze, from shape and decoration to glaze colour, and the firing of the wares became more perfect.

This is a rare example of a Yongzheng imperial kiln pavilion, of which the varieties seen include blue and blue, kiln-variegated glaze and imitation ruy glaze, a classic Qing palace decoration. A similar example of a Yongzheng kiln-varieglazed paved-head vase, with a broad shoulder, is from the former collection of the famous Chinese monochrome glaze collector E. T. Hall, in the Hall Family Collection inventory, no. 441, first attributed to Bluett & Sons London. It is in the same style as the present example, in The Palace Museum Collection of Cultural Treasures - Pigment Glazes, 2009, p. 201, fig. 181.

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