A magnificent and possibly unique ruby-ground yangcai 'trigram' reticulated vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong | 清乾隆 御製洋彩紫紅錦地乾坤交泰轉旋瓶 《大清乾隆年製》款
A magnificent and possibly unique ruby-ground yangcai 'trigram' reticulated vase,
Seal mark and period of Qianlong
of pear shape, with a revolving trumpet-shaped neck pivoting on a cylindrical inner vase, the globular body cut along a line of interlocking ruyi-heads and pierced with the eight trigrams, the bright ruby ground finely incised in sgraffiato with dense feather arabesques, reserved with stylised lotus flowers borne on curling foliage issuing additional florets and buds, the spreading foot encircled by a ruyi-band in red and blue against a vivid lemon-yellow ground with similar sgraffiato work, the waisted neck with interlinked ruyi and floral designs on a pale blue and yellow ground, flanked by two flat scroll handles enamelled in iron-red and gilt, the flaring mouth rim with leafy sprays on a pale green ground, the inner vase visible through the narrow openings, painted in underglaze-blue with lotus scrolls in early Ming style, the interior of the neck and the base enamelled in pale turquoise green, the base reserved with a six-character seal mark
h. 31 cm
The enamels on this vase have been exceptionally well fired and the vase is in overall excellent condition except for a restored chip to the lower tip of one handle. The original joint between the neck and the inner vase has been reconsolidated by a conservator. There seems to be a nearly invisible vertical firing line (approx. 0.8cm) under the enamels to the edge of the neck near one handle.
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Collection of Henry Brougham Loch, 1st Baron Loch of Drylaw (1827-1900), by repute.
Collection of Alfred Morrison (1821-97), Fonthill House, Tisbury, Wiltshire, no. 328, probably since 1861.
Collection of the Rt. Hon. The Lord Margadale of Islay, T.D., J.P., D.L. (1906-96).
Christie's London, 18th October 1971, lot 56.
Collection of Dr Wou Kiuan (1910-97).
Wou Lien-Pai Museum, 1971-present, coll. no. Q11.49.
吳權博士 (1910-97年) 收藏
Soame Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain. The Ch’ing Dynasty (1644-1912), London, 1951, pl. CVII, no. 1 and p. 71.
Rose Kerr et al, Chinese Antiquities from the Wou Kiuan Collection. Wou Lien-Pai Museum, Camberley, 2011, cat. no. 154.
詹甯斯，《Later Chinese Porcelain》，倫敦，1951年，圖版CVII，編號1及頁71