A clair de lune vase with silver mount Kangxi six-character mark and of the period

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Lot 15
A clair de lune vase with silver mount
Kangxi six-character mark and of the period

US$ 15,000 - 20,000
£ 12,000 - 16,000

Chinese Works of Art

17 Dec 2019, 10:00 PST

Los Angeles

A clair de lune vase with silver mount
Kangxi six-character mark and of the period
Of tall ovoid 'Guanyin ping' shape, covered in a uniform sky blue glaze covering the exterior surfaces, the concave recessed base centered by the dark blue six-character mark; the neck and mouth replaced by a fine silver repair en suite with the fine silver base by Tiffany and Co., the latter marked TIFFANY AND CO., STERLING and MAKERS.
8 1/8in (20.6cm) total height including stand
6 1/4in (15.9cm) height of vase alone

Footnotes

  • A similar clair de lune Guanyin vase, also with a Tiffany and Co. base, but without the replaced silver mouth and neck, was offered as lot 2118 in Christies' Hong Kong sale 2963, 28 November 2012. As noted there, a non-repaired 'Guanyin ping/Liuye ping' is found in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. See Suzanne Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, (Wiedenfield & Nicolson, 1989), pp.239-241.

    Three other examples in clair de lune glaze, in the Widener Collection at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, were published by Virginia Bower in Decorative Arts, Part II: Far Eastern Ceramics and Paintings, Persian and Indian Rugs and Carpets (Oxford University Press, 1998), pp.77-79. The author notes that the feet on all three clair de lune vases were ground down to remove an unglazed portion more often preserved on peach-bloom vases of the same shape, such as those, also in the Widener Collection, illustrated in pp.66-67.
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A clair de lune vase with silver mount Kangxi six-character mark and of the period
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