Qianlong wheel-cut four-character mark and of the period The heavily constructed body of slender curved form, tapering elegantly from the narrow foot to the swollen central body, rising to a long flared neck, the translucent colour of a deep ruby red, the countersunk base wheel-cut with a four-character mark within a double square. 17.8cm high.
Provenance 來源: Doris Duke collection
Doris Duke (22 November 1912 28 October 1993) was an American heiress, horticulturalist, art collector, and philanthropist. She was the daughter of an immensely rich tobacco tycoon, which enabled her to fund her wide-range of interests including collecting Oriental art. She furnished her estates with artworks acquired on her worldwide travels.
The shape of the vase derives originally from a weaving spindle, but in the Chinese context, it is interpreted as the form of an olive, insinuating the likeness to the pit of the natural fruit. In ceramics, this form first appeared during the Yongzheng period, in monochrome, polychrome and underglaze-blue.
A closely related and similar-sized 'sky-blue' glass vase with Qianlong wheel-cut four-character mark and of the period is in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see Luster of Autumn Water. Glass of the Qing Imperial Workshop, Beijing, 2005, p.154, pl.24.
For a closely related Imperial glass vase sold at auction, see a Qianlong reign-marked turquoise-green glass vase from the collecton of Dr. Alan E. Feen, illustrated in Shangraw, Rabiner and Brown, A Chorus of Colors: Chinese Glass from Three American Collections, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1995, pp.80-81, cat.no.50, and sold in these rooms, 24 November 2010, lot 201. See also another turquoise glass vase, illustrated in Elegance and Radiance. Grandeur in Qing Glass. The Andrew K. F. Lee Collection, Art Museum. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2000, pp.170-171, no.48.
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