A rare and important blue and white garlic-mouth vase Yongzheng seal mark and of the period (2) A rare and important blue and white garlic-mouth vase Yongzheng seal mark and of the period (2) Colin Sheaf
BLUE AND WHITE GARLIC MOUTH VASE YONGZHENG SEAL
Sold in Hong Kong for HK$76,280,000, 27 November 2014 This is a world record at auction for a blue and white vase.

Art Market Review

Issue 9, July - December 2014

Page 4

This magnificent garlic-head vase is extraordinarily rare – the only other known example is in the Palace Museum, Beijing from the Qing Court Collection. It encapsulates the very finest of imperial Yongzheng period porcelain production painted in underglaze blue and white. The relatively short Yongzheng period was a peak of innovation in form and refinement in design and execution as the Emperor, with his aesthetic sensibility, assertive taste, demanding standards and personal interest and involvement in the arts, pushed craftsmen to unprecedented levels of refinement and sophistication. His era established the identity of what is perceived as Qing art. This innovative drive was made possible by the direction of a man called Tang Ying who on the accession to the throne of the Yongzheng emperor was sent to Jingdezhen. He started a new era of porcelain production and this vase is a perfect example of the Emperor's philosophy of combining elements of earlier forms and designs to create a new innovative shape and elaborate yet highly refined decorative scheme.

Colin Sheaf
Chairman UK Board

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