The present piece is notable for its impressive size and brilliance and depth of glaze. Compare a closely related vase of slightly larger proportions, sold twice at Christie's Hong Kong, 27th April 1997, lot 62, and again, 1st December 2009, lot 1903; and another from the Eumorfopoulos collection illustrated in R.L. Hobson, The George Eumorfopoulos Collection Catalogue of the Chinese, Corean and Persian Pottery and Porcelain, vol. 5, London, 1927, col. pl. LXVII, no. E390.
Vases of this type derived from guan ware of the Song dynasty (960-1279) and demonstrate the mastery of the Qing craftsmen over the use of glazes and potting techniques. While imitating Song wares they also made innovations and developments on some of the traditional Song glazes; for example from the 'Jun' wares the flambé glazes derived. The form of this vase was first revived by the Yongzheng emperor and covered in Song-inspired glazes, including ru-type glaze, such as one in the National Palace Museum, included in the Special Exhibition of Qing Dynasty Monochromes, Taipei, 1981, cat. no. 79; and flambé-glaze, as seen on a vase sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30th May 2006, lot 1255. For the Song prototype of the shape, see a smaller guan vase, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in the Special Exhibition of Sung Dynasty Kuan Ware, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1989, cat. no. 21.
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