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A COPPER-RED 'DRAGON' TRILOBED VASE
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 525,000 HKD
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A COPPER-RED 'DRAGON' TRILOBED VASE
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 525,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Ceramics and Jades from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee

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A COPPER-RED 'DRAGON' TRILOBED VASE
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
well-potted with a baluster body divided into three lobes, rising to a waisted neck and everted rim of conforming section, deftly painted in underglaze red with three five-clawed dragons, writhing among clouds above crashing waves, their eyes picked out in underglaze blue, the foot and rim encircled by a double-fillet in underglaze blue
30.2 cm, 11 7/8  in.
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Catalogue Note

Magnificent vases painted in copper red with dragons are extremely rare, as such vases are notoriously difficult to apply and fire with success. They bear testament to imperial patronage and technological advancement in porcelain production during the Qianlong period.

Copper red required precise control of the firing temperature and the atmosphere inside the kiln. The resulting tone of the red was particularly important to the Qianlong Emperor, possibly due to the auspicious connotation of the colour. His demand for excellence is noted in a court record of 1738, where he rated the colour of a copper-red meiping with dragon design as not good enough (Feng Xianming, Annotated Collection of Historical Documents on Ancient Chinese Ceramics, Taipei, 2000, p. 232).

Vases of complicated shapes rendered in this palette as the present example are very rare. Compare a copper-red double-gourd vase, also decorated with dragons, sold in these rooms, 3rd April 2018, lot 3203.

Ceramics and Jades from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee

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Hong Kong