Tongzhi and Guangxu six-character marks and of the periods Each of quatrelobed pear-shaped form rising from a pronounced foot, the wide body with a raised peach-shaped panel, the neck flanked by a pair of tubular handles, both enveloped in a fiery flambé glaze of maroon, purplish and grayish tone, each incised with six-character mark on the unglazed base. Each 31cm high. (2).
Provenance: Douglas J. K. Wright Ltd., London Sotheby's London, 13 July 2005, lot 210
Douglas J.K. Wright was a renowned London dealer specialising in Chinese and Japanese works of art, with close associations with Sydney L. Moss Ltd. A number of exceptional ceramics and works of art was purchased in the 1970s and 80s from him, including an exceptional Yixing stoneware 'plum blossom' brushpot from the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn collection, sold in these rooms, 28 November 2011, lot 268, and illustrated on the catalogue cover.
For two similar flambé-glazed hu-shaped vases with Tongzhi and Guangxu reign marks, see Qingdai Wanqi Seyou Ciqi, Beijing, 2007, pp.212-213. For a Guangxu reign-marked vase from the Qing court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see Ceramics Gallery of the Palace Museum. Part II, Beijing, 2010, p.495, pl.400.
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