While drawing from Ming celadon traditions, the Qing craftsman has subtly imbued the present jar with a contemporaneity that firmly positions it within the taste of the Qianlong Emperor, as demonstrated by the elongated ovoid contours and the intricacy of the lotus motif on this jar in contrast to its robust Ming prototypes. Moreover, following the innovation by his predecessors, the Qianlong Emperor commissioned revival celadon wares on fine white porcelain body from Jingdezhen, as opposed to coarser Longquan stonewares. The glaze composition was also modified, and a more delicate translucent tone of the celadon glaze was achieved through lessening the amount of iron typically found in earlier Longquan celadons.
Moulded and carved celadon jars of similar form bearing imperial reign marks are rare, see a marked example decorated with peony sold in our London rooms, 16th May 2007, lot 115; and another smaller example decorated with lotus, sold in these rooms, 9th November 1982, lot 231. Compare also an unmarked example decorated with dragons, originally in the Edward T. Chow collection, sold in our New York rooms, 14th September 2011, lot 207.
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