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A rare 'guan'-type vase, hu

seal mark and period of Yongzheng

Estimate
900,0001,200,000
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1022
A rare 'guan'-type vase, hu

seal mark and period of Yongzheng

Estimate
900,0001,200,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A rare 'guan'-type vase, hu

seal mark and period of Yongzheng

the ovoid body rising from a splayed foot to a waisted neck, moulded with three pairs of raised fillets, and set at the shoulder with a pair of zoomorphic mask handles suspending fixed rings, covered overall with a soft creamy-grey glaze suffused with a matrix of dark and light-golden crackles stopping neatly above the unglazed footring, the base inscribed with the six-character seal mark in underglaze-blue
25.1cm., 9 7/8 in.
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Catalogue Note

In its glazing this vase was made to imitate one of the most celebrated official ceramics wares of the Southern Song dynasty, guan ware made for the court capital, Hangzhou in Zhejiang province.  Laohudong appears to have been the most important guan kilns producing wares with this highly attractive crackled glaze.  The combination of a precious glaze and ancient form suggests a deep appreciation and respect for the past, together with the want for its preservation. 

It is rare to find Yongzheng vases of this type although a vase of the same size and form but covered with a tea-dust glaze in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, is included in the Illustrated Catalogue of Ch'ing Dynasty Porcelain in the National Palace Museum, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1980, pl. 152. For a later example see a Qianlong vase sold in our London rooms, 1/2nd April 1974, lot 254.

The shape is derived from a bronze prototype. Compare the hu excavated from a Western Han tomb dated before 179 B.C. at Qianping, Yichang, Hubei province, illustrated in Kaogu xuebao, 1976, no. 2, p. 124, fig. 12.

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