A fine blue and white 'floral' vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong | 清乾隆 青花纏枝花卉紋鋪首耳尊 《大清乾隆年製》款
Important Chinese Art from the Collection of Bruce Dayton and Ruth Stricker Dayton
A fine blue and white 'floral' vase
Seal mark and period of Qianlong
清乾隆 青花纏枝花卉紋鋪首耳尊 《大清乾隆年製》款
of archaistic form, the ovoid body resting on a high splayed foot and rising to a waisted neck, the shoulder applied with a pair of molded elephant-mask handles each suspending a mock ring, the shoulder and body encircled by a register of lotus scroll and one of composite floral scroll each bound above and below by a pair of raised fillets, the lower body wrapped in a band of crashing waves above a band of lappets at the foot, the neck surrounded by stiff upright leaves beneath a narrow band of waves at the rim, all finely painted in brilliant tones of underglaze blue with simulated 'heaping and piling', the base with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue, wood stand (2)
Height 10 in., 25.4 cm
Overall in good condition. Minor firing imperfections including a glaze gap encircling the interior base.
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Collection of Rolf Heiniger.
Marchant, London, 22nd March 2001.
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The Rolf Heiniger Collection of Qing Imperial Wares, S. Marchant & Son, London, 2000, cat. no. 8.
《The Rolf Heiniger Collection of Qing Imperial Wares》，馬錢特，倫敦，2000年，編號8
This vase belongs to a distinct group of blue and white wares from the Qianlong period that combine motifs adapted from early 15th century porcelain with a form inspired by archaic bronze ritual vessels. Vases of this form were first produced at the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen during the Yongzheng reign (r. 1723-1735), but their popularity peaked in the Qianlong period (r. 1735-1796).
Qianlong mark and period vases of this shape and design are held in important museums and private collections worldwide. The National Palace Museum, Taipei, has three vases of this type: one (coll. no. 中-瓷-001385-N000000000) is illustrated in Porcelain of the National Palace Museum. Blue and White Ware of the Ch'ing Dynasty, vol. 2, Hong Kong, 1968, pl. 2, and the other two are published on the Museum's website (coll. nos 中-瓷-001555-N000000000 and 中-瓷-001388-N000000000). A fourth is in the Palace Museum, Beijing (coll. no. 新0095937). Another is in the collection of the Nanjing Museum, and published in Xu Huping, Gong ting zhen cang: Zhongguo Qingdai guanyao ciqi / Treasures in the Royalty: The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, p. 235.
In recent years, vases of this type have sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30th May 2017, lot 3201, and 29th November 2016, lot 3329; one sold in our London rooms, 10th November 2010, lot 99; and another in our Hong Kong rooms, 8th April 2009, lot 1679.