Qianlong reign (1736-1795)
Superbly potted, the rounded broad shoulders continuing to a short neck and generous mouth, the gently tapered waist flaring slightly at the foot, the whole coated with an effusive glaze of deep crushed-strawberry hue, with light blue and turquoise streaks thinning to a mushroom-tone glaze at the rim. The recessed base with an incised six-character Qianlong sealmark and of the period, all covered with a mottled cafe au lait glaze. Now with an 18th century or earlier carved hardwood, (possibly Huanghual) stand with ruyi feet and covered with darkened old varnish.
Height: 12 1/4 in. (31 cm.)
Note: Flambe-glazed vases of this form are very rare. As Christie’s observed in their catalog for the present vase, two slightly larger flambe-glazed meiping, also with Qianlong seal-mark and of the period, are in the Shanghai Museum (formerly in the Zande Lou collection ) illustrated in Â“Qing Imperial MonochromeÂ’s: The Zande Lou Collection, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2005, no.49; one included in the exhibition Â“Ethereal Elegance, Porcelain Vases of the Imperial Qing. The Huaihaitang Collection, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2007, cat. No. 69; and one illustrated in Â“The Prime Cultural Relics Collected by Shenyang Imperial Palace Museum, the Chinaware, vol. 2, 2007, pl. 8.
For a slightly taller Qianlong-marked flambe-glazed meiping with a slender profile, please see Christie’s New York, Sept.17, 2008, lot 496.
A private English collection, (acquired in the 1970's)
Christie's London, May 14, 2018, Lot 182, with a pre-sale estimate:USD $81,060-USD $108,080 and unsold
Offered and sold by Littleton & Hennesey, TEFAF NEW YORK FALL 2018, Treasures of Imperial China Park Avenue Armory, October 27-31, 2018
Private American Collector
Doyle New York, July 13, 2020, Asian Works of Art, present lot offered and sold as “Highlighting the Chinese porcelains...”(Artfix Daily, July 13, 2020); Private collection*
Literature Online: Alain R. Truong, Blog, A flambe-glazed vase, meiping, Qianlong six-character incised seal-mark and of the period (1736-1795), 14 May 2018 (please see images for illustration of this article referencing the Meiping being offered at Sothebys London)
Excellent condition, the surface with minor age appropriate scuffs.
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