A RARE BLUE-GLAZED MEIPING
KANGXI MARK AND PERIOD
清康熙 霽藍釉梅瓶 《大清康熙年製》款
the slender body sweeping to high rounded shoulders and a cylindrical neck with a subtly flared rim, the exterior glazed in a rich deep blue stopping neatly above the foot, the interior and lip glazed white, the countersunk base similarly glazed and with a six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle, wood stand (2)
Height 6¾ in., 17 cm
A small painted burst bubble to the exterior rim. An apprx. 1 cm firing tear to the base.
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Sotheby's Hong Kong, 31st October 1995, lot 422.
Porcelains glazed in deep blue such as the present were reserved for imperial ritual use at the Tiantan, Altar of Heaven. Hence, the term 'sacrificial blue' is sometimes used to describe this type of glaze. A similar meiping from the collection of K.S. Lo was included in the Min Chiu Society exhibition Monochrome Ceramics of the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1977, cat. no. 38.
See also a Kangxi mark and period 'sacrificial red' glazed meiping in the collection of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, illustrated in Qing Imperial Porcelain of the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong Reigns, Nanjing and Hong Kong, 1995. pl. 4. For a larger Yongzheng mark and period blue-glazed example, see one exhibited in Ethereal Elegance: Porcelain Vases of the Imperial Qing - The Huaihaitang Collection, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2007, cat. no. 13.