An opaque lemon-yellow glass pear form vase 18th/19th century
Lot 5195
An opaque lemon-yellow glass pear form vase
18th/19th century
Sold for US$ 3,750 inc. premium

Fine Asian Works of Art

10 Dec 2012, 10:00 PST

San Francisco

Lot Details

Property from the Ina and Sandford Gadient Collection

Mr. Gadient was a successful businessman who traveled extensively in Asia during the 1970's and 1980's. The Gadients' collection of Chinese glass started in Hong Kong in the early 1970's. Since their first pleasant encounter with fine Chinese glass at Charlotte Horstmann's antique gallery at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, the Gadients have devoted their passion for art collecting on Chinese glass, one of the most intriguing and sophisticated of Chinese art forms.

For more discussion about the Gadients' Chinese glass collection, see Dr. Clarence F. Shangraw's* essay written for the introduction of the 1997 exhibition catalog, entitled Treasures of Chinese Glass Workshops (Antiques, Inc., 1997). This catalog is on offer in this sale together with two other catalogs entitled Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures from the Ina and Sandford Gadient Collection (lot 5384).

A large number of Chinese glasses from the Gadient collection have been exhibited at various museums in the United States. Some have been added to the museum's permanent collection. The museum exhibitions of the Gadient's Chinese glass include:

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
October 2011 – February 2012
April 2007 – April 2008

New Orleans Art Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana
May 2004 – April 2005

Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Florida
December 1999 – January 2000

St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art, St. Petersburg, Florida
January 1999 – May 1999

Daytona Art Museum, Daytona Beach, Florida
October 1998 – January 1999

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
September 1996 – January 1997

The Lentz Center of Asian Culture, Lincoln, Nebraska
October 1994 – January 1995

Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii
June 1992 – September 1992
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An opaque lemon-yellow glass pear form vase 18th/19th century An opaque lemon-yellow glass pear form vase 18th/19th century An opaque lemon-yellow glass pear form vase 18th/19th century An opaque lemon-yellow glass pear form vase 18th/19th century An opaque lemon-yellow glass pear form vase 18th/19th century
An opaque lemon-yellow glass pear form vase
18th/19th century
Carved in relief with four shaped reserves enclosing leafy peony sprays on the globular body below band of incised key-fret pattern on the shoulder, the slightly flaring neck embellished with linear arabesques and a band of overlapping lotus petals encircling the recessed ring foot.
5 18in (13cm) high


  • A few examples of glassware decorated in a fashion similar to this piece have been available, including one opaque pink glass vase with Qianlong mark from the Lillyman Collection in this sale, lot 5199. The neat and fluid finish of the carving achieved a visual effect similar to that seen in Chinese Ming dynasty lacquer ware.

    According to Zhang Rong* in her online article Mofang Xiu,literally, 'The Display of Imitation', 15 April 2010, there is a written record that Emperor Yong Zheng was very fond of lacquer ware and requested that his artisans make glasses in imitation of Ming dynasty lacquered dishes with chrysanthemum design in various colors. The dishes were designated for decorative display at a specific location in the palace. None of those dishes, however, is known to have survived.

    Two comparable glass vases are recorded and illustrated in A Chorus of Colors, Chinese Glass from Three American Collections Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1995, plates 91, 92, pp.116-117.

    *Zhang Rong graduated from the Department of History of Nankai University, majoring in curatorial arts. She has been working for the Palace Museum in Beijing since 1985, and once served as deputy director of the Palace Department, and director of the Ancient Objects Department. She holds the academic title of Research Fellow.
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