A RARE LARGE GE-TYPE MOONFLASK, YONGZHENG SEAL MARK AND PERIOD | 清雍正 仿哥釉八方雙耳抱月瓶 《大清雍正年製》款
150,000 - 250,000 GBP
PROPERTY FROM AN IRISH PRIVATE COLLECTION
A RARE LARGE GE-TYPE MOONFLASK
YONGZHENG SEAL MARK AND PERIOD
清雍正 仿哥釉八方雙耳抱月瓶 《大清雍正年製》款
the octagonal body rising from a rectangular splayed foot to a tall cylindrical neck flanked by a pair of openwork archaistic handles, covered entirely with an unctuous creamy-grey glaze suffused with a matrix of grey and golden crackles, the footrim covered in a dark brown slip, the base inscribed with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue
Height 48.5 cm, 19⅛ in.
The flask is leaning to one side. It has very minor scattered glaze firing imperfections including glaze pulls and iron-spots. Otherwise it is in very good overall condition.
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Battersby & Co., Dublin, lot 89 (according to label).
Acquired by the grandfather of the present owner and thence in the family by descent.
都柏林Battersby & Co., 編號89（標簽）
The unctuous crackled creamy-grey glaze that covers the entire surface of this moonflask was made in imitation of Ge ware, one of the ‘Five Great Wares’ of the Song dynasty (960-1279). During the Yongzheng reign, porcelain shapes were developed and made that were rooted in antiquity or uniquely conceived. These deceptively simple yet technically challenging archaistic shapes were then used as the basis for one of the Song-inspired glazes, in this case a Ge-type glaze.
The present octagonal flak retains only a basic relationship to the original form, an archaic bronze bianhu. The potter who conceived the shape of the present vase rejuvenated the form, maintaining the original faintly elliptical, circular outline of the archaic flask and combining it with the angular planes of an octagon. The new shape was then covered with a Ge-type glaze, successfully mixing contemporary and archaic aesthetics.
Vases of this impressive size and unusual shape are rare. One closely related flask, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is published in Qingdai yuyao ciqi, vol. 1, pt. II, Beijing, 2005, pl. 172; another example was sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 2nd December 2015, lot 3104; and a third vase of this shape, size and glaze, possibly the pair to the present moonflask, was sold at Bonhams London, 17th May 2012, lot 303.