Vases belonging to this Ding-type group were produced in various forms and designs and were more commonly produced with an impressed or incised reign mark; vases with impressed marks include a pear-shape vase with flared neck, carved with foliate lotus flowers, from the collection of Robert Chang, sold in our London rooms, 10th December 1991, lot 280, again at Christie’s Hong Kong, 2nd November 1999, lot 528, and a third time in our London rooms, 8th November 2017, lot 17; one of baluster form, modelled with four handles at the shoulders and decorated with a flower scroll, published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Monochrome Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 239; and a pomegranate-form vase carved with a scrolling lotus and bat design, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in the Museum’s exhibition Qingdai danse you ciqi tezhan [Special exhibition of monochrome glazed porcelain of the Qing dynasty], Taipei, 1981, cat. no. 64. Vases with incised marks include a baluster vase with two deer head-shaped handles and carved on the body with cranes amongst clouds, from the collection of Dr Joseph and Donna Lee Boggs, sold in our London rooms, 7th November 2012, lot 110; another depicting a lotus pond with egrets, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 28th November 2012, lot 2129; an archaistic hu vase carved with two confronting phoenixes, included in the exhibition Monochrome Ceramics of Ming and Ch’ing Dynasties, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1977, cat. no. 141; and a bottle vase decorated with a dragons striding amongst flames and waves, sold in these rooms, 3rd October 2017, lot 3603.
A slightly smaller soft paste vase of this design, but without a reign mark, was sold in our New York rooms, 31st March/3rd April 2005, lot 129, and again in our London rooms, 10th November 2017, lot 223.
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