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Copper Strawberry Red Bottle Vase 18th C

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Copper Strawberry Red Bottle Vase 18th C
Supported on a splayed foot, the globular body rising to a tall cylindrical neck where the copper strawberry red glaze pools to a perfect white glaze at the mouthrim and does the same at the foot, the base unglazed. 18th C. 9 in.

Provenance: Stockbridge, Massachusetts collection

Monochrome porcelains have always been held in high regard by the Chinese, with the five basic monochrome glazes of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) as excellent examples of how simplicity in perfect form and color can attain a spiritual quality that is at the heart of Chinese art.

The aesthetics of ideally proportioned porcelain objects covered with a red glaze preoccupied the Qing emperors during the 18th C. The efforts of the superintendent of the Imperial kilns at Jingdezhen, Lang Tingji (1705-1715) to produce the perfect red glaze found its incarnation in the langyao red named after him and now considered the most desirable. See an excellent example of a langyao pear shaped vase owned by Meiping Ltd. on the Meiping Ltd. home page. Compare the pear shaped Qianlong mark and period vase being offered. Item no. 1009.

Continued efforts to improve on copper red glazes were made when Tang Ying (1728-1756) took over the position as superintendent of the Imperial kilns, His tenure materially shaped the quality and decoration of 18th C. porcelain; and his departure signaled the end of the unequalled excellence in Imperial ceramic wares.

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