PROVENANCE 1. Christie's Hong Kong, 30 May 2006, lot 1366 2. The Meiyintang Collection LITERATURE Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 4(2), London, 1994-2010, pp.359-361, no.1809
The pear-shaped body is molded with double-ribs at the shoulder and applied with two taotie mask handles suspending fixed rings. The vase is covered with a characteristically thick and bright purple glaze with turquoise streaks thinning to a brown over the extremities and mouth rim. The base is covered in café-au-lait and incised with a four-character Yongzheng seal mark. Only one other flambé-glazed vase of this form and design is known, included in the Min Chiu Society Thirty-fifth Anniversary EXHIBITION, In Pursuit of Antiquities, Hong Kong, 1995, illustrated in the Catalogue, pl. 137, and subsequently sold in Christie’s Hong Kong, The Jingguantang Collection, 3 November 1996, lot 564. Cf. other related flambé-glazed vases bearing Yongzheng marks, although none of this exact form, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong, Hong Kong, 1989, pp. 278-281, pls. 107-110.