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A VERY RARE BLUE-GLAZED SLENDER BALUSTER VASE, GANLANPING
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A VERY RARE BLUE-GLAZED SLENDER BALUSTER VASE, GANLANPING\nYONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)\nThe elegant rounded body tapering towards the slightly spreading foot and towards the waisted neck that rises to a flared rim, the exterior covered with a rich blue glaze in contrast to the white rim and interior\n16¼ in. (41.3 in. ) high, box
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Vases of this unusual shape, ganlanping, or olive-shaped, are quite rare, and appear to be especially rare in monochrome glazes. The form was admired in all three of the great imperial reigns of the Qing dynasty - Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong. During the Kangxi period the shape was more attenuated, with a more slender neck and less flared mouth, unlike the shape of the present vase. Two vases which exemplify the Kangxi shape, each incised with decoration under a pale blue glaze, are illustrated by J. Ayers, The Baur Collection, vol. 3, Geneva, 1972, no. A 326, which has a straight neck and no flare to the foot, and no. A 328, which has a tall slender neck rising to a slightly everted mouth rim.

The somewhat more robust shape seen in the Yongzheng and Qianlong period has a shorter neck and more widely flared mouth, as well as a slight flare at the foot. This is the elegant shape seen in the Gordon vase and others bearing Yongzheng marks that have been published, all of which are variously decorated. A blue and white example in the Palace Collection, Beijing, illustrated in Qingdai Yuyao ciqi, vol. 1, Beijing 2005, pp. 80-1, no. 29, is the most similar in shape to the present vase, as well as in size (39.9 cm.). Another in the Palace Collection, Beijing, decorated in green on a yellow ground, illustrated by Feng and Geng (eds.), Selected Porcelain of the Flourishing Qing Dynasty at the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1994, p. 197, no. 43, is also very similar in shape. Two monochrome-glazed examples, also in the collection of the Palace Museum, are also illustrated in Qingdai Yuyao ciqi, vol. 1, a copper-red-glazed vase, pp. 38-9, no. 9, and one covered with an imitation Guan glaze, pp. 342-3, no. 157. Both of these are somewhat smaller, 30.6 and 29.5 cm., and the neck is shorter. A monochrome white vase of comparable size (43 cm.) is illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 4 (II), London, 2010, pp. 316-7, no. 1779. See, also, the virtually identical blue-glazed vase, also with Yongzheng mark, sold at Sotheby's, London, 9 July 1974, lot 336.

title

A VERY RARE BLUE-GLAZED SLENDER BALUSTER VASE, GANLANPING

keywords

18th Century, All other categories of objects, vases, porcelain, China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

department

CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART

dimensions

16¼ in. (41.3 in. ) high, box

provenance

Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 21 November 1974, lot 324, and illustrated on the cover.


*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.

*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.


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