Translucent green vases of this type are rare; one was sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 3rd November 1998, lot 1073; a slightly taller example was included in the exhibition Early Chinese Glass, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2001, cat. no. 223; a third was included in the exhibition Elegance and Radiance. Grandeur in Qing Glass. The Andrew K.F. Lee Collection, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, cat. no. 21, together with four further vases of various colours, cat. nos 17-21; and a pair of unpublished vases is in the Musée Guimet, Paris.
Vases of this form and size but of difference colours include a turquoise example, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Zhang Rong, Luster of Autumn Water. Glass of the Qing Imperial Workshop, Beijing, 2004, pl. 22; a yellow version, from the collection of Rudolph Scaeffer, in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, included in the exhibition Clear As Crystal, Red as Flame, China House Gallery, New York, 1990, cat. no. 39; and a realgar glass vase, from the collection of Walter and Phyllis Shorenstein, exhibited in A Chorus of Colours. Chinese Glass from Three American Collections, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, 1995, cat. no. 52, and sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 1st December 2010, lot 2952.
The elegant form of this vase first appeared in the Yongzheng reign; a blue vase of this form with Yongzheng mark and of the period is illustrated in Zhang Rong, op. cit., pl. 6; and another was included in Elegance and Radiance, op. cit., cat. no. 16, together with a yellow example, cat. no. 15.
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