Lot 3412. A Ru-type double vase, Qianlong mark and period (1736-1795)H 18.3cm. Sold for HKD 2,280,000 (Estimate HKD 1,000,000 - 1,500,000)© Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited 2022

The vase is of a dish mouth, with a short neck and broad shoulders, a tapering underbelly, and a wide flared foot, the form of which is simple and neat, like the twin beauties on their shoulders. The entire body is covered with an imitation ruy glaze, which is plain and unglazed, and the glaze is rich and elegant. The foot is inscribed in blue and white seal script, Qianlong nian zhi ('Made during the Qianlong period of the Qing dynasty'). 

Provenance1. Ian Thomas LVO (1929-1993) Collection
2. British private collection.

Note: Also included in this sale is a Qianlong blue and white dragon and fenghuang double vase (lot 3408). The double vase, also known as a 'haphazard vase', was first seen in the Tang dynasty on Sancai wares, but was rarely seen thereafter until its creation in the Qianlong imperial kilns, where it is one of the most ingenious and innovative types of vase, the shape of which is illustrated in the Qianlong Vessel Shapes in Ming and Qing Porcelain Identification. According to the Qing Archives, this vase was made in a variety of materials, with enamelled wares such as 'enamelled jar on magnetic ground', 'enamelled jar with flowers on a red emerald ground' and 'enamelled jar with flowers on a red emerald ground', and 'enamelled jar with flowers on a red ground', all of which are of excellent quality. In the Qianlong six-year period, in the 'Qing Document of each work', it is recorded: 'On the seventeenth day of the seventh month, the treasurer, Liu Shanjiu Bai Shixiu, came to say that the eunuch, Gao Yu, had handed over a pair of Jia kiln blue kui dragon jars to ...... and had decreed that each should be fitted with a seat.

A similar collection can be found in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, in The Famous Porcelains of the Qing Dynasty, Kang, Yong, and Qian, National Palace Museum, 1986, p. 100, fig. 70; and in the Shanghai Museum, in The Complete Collection of Chinese Ceramics, 15 Qing Dynasty (below), Shanghai People's Art Publishing House, 2000, p. 36, fig. 4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art also has an example in its collection of a double vase in imitation of a ruy glaze, no. 79.2.952.

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Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited. Palatial Splendour: Imperial Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 2 Dec 2021