The subtle glaze has been created in imitation of Longquan celadon of the Song period (960-1279) and reflects the Qing emperors’ penchant for these early wares, which they not only collected but also commissioned the imperial kilns to recreate or imitate. The delicate, almost watery tone of celadon was a Kangxi innovation which was produced by lessening the amount of iron typically found in Song dynasty Longquan celadons. The glaze was further modified during the Yongzheng period.
The form itself is inspired by a Song prototype, such as the Longquan bottle vase in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Porcelain of the Song Dynasty (II), Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 99.
The form is more frequently found on monochrome vases produced during the Qianlong period, and it is rare to find a Yongzheng example. For a Qianlong example of this form, see the ‘guan’-type bottle vase from the collection of Stephen Junkunc III, sold in our New York rooms, 12th September 2018, lot 115.
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