Yongzheng-period doucai bottle vase
A Yongzheng-period doucai bottle vase sold at auction for HK$21.9 million ($2.8 million) in 2010.
The 25.5cm-high ovoid-body bottle is decorated with underglaze blue, yellow, green, aubergine and iron-red enamelled ruyi-head cloud scrolls. The base is inscribed with a six-character Yongzheng-reign mark in underglaze blue, contained within double-circles.
Dating from the Yongzheng period, 1723-35, this vase bears the hallmarks of the Chinese emperor’s influence. Unlike his father Kangxi, Yongzheng took great interest in the manufacture of such works of art.
According to Chinese art expert Regina Krahl, Yongzheng’s close working relationship with kiln supervisor Tang Ying produced “a porcelain production of a distinctive style”, that displayed “subdued elegance and material refinement unmatched in any other period.”
Krahl also states that it is a free interpretation of a classic Ming design as opposed to a direct copy. “The eccentric, almost completely abstract design of [the] bottle is most characteristic of the taste of the Yongzheng emperor,” she writes.
The vase made HK$21.9 million ($2.8 million) in a Hong Kong Sotheby’s auction in April 2010. The vase was sold from a French collection to an unknown bidder.
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