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AN UNDERGLAZE COPPER-RED PEAR-SHAPED VASE

QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD

the ovoid body rising from a spreading foot to a tall waisted neck with everted rim, the central broad band painted in rich upper-red tones with two phoenix amongst flowering peony, all below a band of bats amongst cloud scrolls, supporting wan from tassels held in their beaks


32.5cm., 12 7/8 in.
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Provenance

Collection of the Nezu Museum, Tokyo.

Literature

The decoration of two phoenix amongst flowering peony scroll painted in underglaze-red is better known from hu form Qianlong period vases with elephant-head handles, such as the vessel from the Qing Court Collection and still in Beijing is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Blue and White Porcelain with Underglaze Red (III), Shanghai, 2000, pl. 176. See two further examples from the Bruce collection illustrated in Soame Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1951, pl. LXXXVI, fig. 2, each painted with the same decoration of phoenix and flowers, one in underglaze-blue and copper-red and the other in coloured enamels and underglaze-blue, both sold in these rooms, 12th May 1953, lots 131 and 129, the latter now in the Bristol City Art Gallery.

The present vase is influenced by an earlier Yongzheng period blue and white ovoid form vase painted with a closely related design; see one from the W. W. Winkworth collection, first sold in these rooms, 12th December 1972, lot 101, and again in our Hong Kong rooms, 2nd December 1977 lot 605, and again, 19th May 1982, lot 206.

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