well potted in the form of an archaic gu vessel supported on a flaring foot, the bulbous drum-shaped body set between rows of bosses and fillets before rising to a tall trumpet mouth, applied overall with an even white glaze, the recessed base inscribed in underglaze-blue with a six-character reign mark
The fluidity of this rare gu-shaped vase is accentuated by the smooth white glaze that pools gently around the raised rings and dots. See a closely related example in the Qing Court collection and still in Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Monochrome Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 112; and a Yongzheng example, with a reign mark and of the period, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, published in the Illustrated Catalogue of Ch'ing Dynasty Porcelain in the National Palace Museum. K'ang-hsi ware and Yung-cheng Ware, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1980, pl. 150.
Compare also a related clair-de-lune glazed vase, with a Kangxi reign mark and of the period, in the Qing Court collection and still in Beijing, included in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Monochrome Porcelain, op. cit., pl. 90.
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