This vase is notable for its elegant form which is enhanced by the lustrous glaze that is in imitation of the celebrated 'Ru' ware of the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127). A slightly smaller vase of this type, from the collection of J. Pierpont Morgan, included in the exhibition The Morgan Collection of Chinese Porcelains, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1907, cat. no. 24, was sold in these rooms, 30th April 1996, lot 397.
Smaller Qianlong mark and period vases of this form, but covered in various coloured glazes include two pale-blue glazed examples, one from the British Rail Pension Fund, sold in our London rooms, 16th May 1989, lot 48 and the other sold in these rooms, 25th April 2004, lot 258; a rich lapis blue glazed vase, from the Edward T. Chow collection, sold in these rooms, 25th November 1980, lot 84; and another with a clair-de-lune glaze, in the Gulbenkian Museum of Oriental Art and Archaeology, Univeristy of Durham, illustrated in Laszlo Legeza, A Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue of the Malcolm Macdonald Collection of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1972, pl. CV, no. 282.
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