A Yixing Meiping

A Yixing Meiping

A good Yixing meiping, the vase potted with very high shoulders, engraved with leafy bamboo branches and calligraphy. The body of a rich chocolate-brown colour.

Made in the 2nd month of the spring in Ji You Year

Official Seal of Yin Zhou

Age: 19thc

Size: Approx 22 cm tall.

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A Yixing Meiping

Two 18thc Sang-De-Boeuf Bottle Vases

Two 18thc Sang-De-Boeuf Bottle Vases

Two 18thc Sang-De-Boeuf Bottle Vases – With globular bodies and tall cylindrical necks, all under a sang-de-boeuf glaze fading to a mushroom tone at the neck and thinning to a pale beige tone below the rim, continuing into the interior with similar colours.

Age: 18thc

Size: Tallest approx 20 cm high – Smallest approx 12 cm high.

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Two 18thc Sang-De-Boeuf Bottle Vases

18thc Turquoise Dragon Bottle Vase

18thc Turquoise Dragon Bottle Vase

The finely potted vase has a spherical body rising to a tall slender neck, delicately incised with two confronted dragon contesting a ‘flaming pearl’, amidst clusters of ruyi clouds & flames above the slightly splayed ring foot, entirely covered in a minutely crackled luminous turquoise glaze.

The turquoise glaze, which owes its colour to copper oxide in an alkaline glaze mix, appears intermittently in ceramics from as early as the Yuan period.

The present example is highly unusual in that it is rendered with an incised design, compared with undecorated turquoise-glazed vases. All the cited Qing examples, including the present vase, all share similar characteristics in the network of fine crackles in the glaze.

Age: 18thc

Size: Approx 29 cm High

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18thc Turquoise Dragon Bottle Vase

A Robins Egg Glaze & Gilded Bodhisattva

A Robins Egg Glaze & Gilded Bodhisattva

Shown seated in dhyanasana holding an alms bowl, wearing a ribbon tied five point crown, with gilded torso and jeweled necklace.

This series of figures are probably based on a number of original prototypes in bronze, which were produced by Imperial command during the Yongle and Xuande periods and given as diplomatic gifts to Tibetan leaders.

Age: 19thc

Size: Approx 26 cm High

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Chinese Vase Bought In Charity Shop Expected To Sell For Tens Of Thousands

A lucky punter bought a famille rose Qianlong wall vase (Sedan Vase) from a charity shop in the Hertfordshire area for only £1. The vase is now with Sworders auction house and will be offered for sale in autumn carrying a £50,000 estimate.

The owner had put the vase on eBay originally, but after lots of offers and bids he decided to withdraw it from eBay and instead took it to his local saleroom for a fuller appraisal.

The vase is pear shaped and 19cm tall, with ruyi handles on a yellow ground and is inscribed with a poem praising incense alongside a yuti mark and two iron-red seal marks reading Qianlong.

The wall vase now forms part of Sworders’ Asian Art auction on November 8 with an estimate of £50,000-80,000.

A Jizhou Vase Southern Song Dynasty

A Jizhou Vase Southern Song Dynasty

The vase is supported on a conical foot, with a pear shaped body rising to a waisted neck. The buff body is covered with a fine crackled amber glaze splashed with chocolate brown, unevenly short of the foot. Incised to the shoulder with three concentric bands.

A similar example is illustrated in McElney, Inaugural Exhibition (Volume 1: Chinese Ceramics), no. 113, p. 159; and see a Tushan ware tortoiseshell-glazed vessel of the same shape in Black Porcelain from the Mr & Mrs Yeung Wing Tak Collection, no 69, pp. 142-3

Provenance: EX Collection of Andrew Williams Esq, Oxfordshire.

Age: Southern Song Dynasty

Size: Approx 13.3 cm High

Condition: Two small historic gold lacquer repairs.

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A Jizhou Vase Southern Song Dynasty