An extremely rare ruby-red and white overlay glass 'ruyi' jar Qianlong four-character wheel-cut mark and of the period
Lot 208
An extremely rare ruby-red and white overlay glass 'ruyi' jar Qianlong four-character wheel-cut mark and of the period
Sold for HK$ 1,320,000 (US$ 170,197) inc. premium

Lot Details
An extremely rare ruby-red and white overlay glass 'ruyi' jar Qianlong four-character wheel-cut mark and of the period An extremely rare ruby-red and white overlay glass 'ruyi' jar Qianlong four-character wheel-cut mark and of the period
An extremely rare ruby-red and white overlay glass 'ruyi' jar
Qianlong four-character wheel-cut mark and of the period
Of elegant rounded form, springing from an accentuated foot, and tapering to the mouth, the lower overlay of a rich ruby-red colour, finely carved as a stylised peony flower with eight interlocking petals with deftly incised veining, the central body an opaque white colour, the upper overlay carved with ruyi motifs, the lipped rim intricately incised with a four character kaishu mark, original carved wood stand.
8.3cm diam.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Ashkenazie & Co., San Francisco, 4 November 1986.

    Illustrated 出版:
    A Chorus of Colors, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1995, p.99, cat. no.73
    R.Kleiner, Chinese Snuff Bottles in the Collection of Mary & George Bloch, British Museum Press, London, 1995, p.xxiii, fig.5
    Catalogue of the International Art Fair, New York, March 1997, p.15, cat. no.17

    清乾隆 白套紅玻璃蓮瓣紋缽 「乾隆年製」楷款

    來源:
    於1986年11月4日購自三藩市Ashkenazie & Co.

    Qianlong-reign marked jars of this type are extremely rare, representing the pinnacles of achievement of the Beijing Palace glass workshops. The precise form, quality of the ruyi-design carving, and powerful contrasting colours mark this select group out amongst other Imperial Qing dynasty glass wares. A closely related jar from the Qing court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, with additional bands in sapphire-blue around the neck and foot, is illustrated in Luster of Autumn Water: Glass of the Qing Imperial Workshop, Beijing, 2005, p. 208, pl. 59 (fig.1).

    Only one other jar of this type appears to have been offered at auction, a slightly larger (12.5cm diameter) example, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, The Collection of a Parisian Connoisseur, 8 April 2007, lot 519, differing from the current jar in that the four-character mark is inscribed around the base. Another red-overlay jar, formerly in the Robert Clague Collection, and now in the Hong Kong Museum of Art, is illustrated in The Robert H. Clague Collection. Chinese Glass of the Qing Dynasty, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, 1987, cat. no 18. Another unpublished example is in the collection of the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, England.
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