Height: 9 1/8 in (23.2 cm) including base
Width: 7 3/8 in (18.7 cm) at top
Length: 8 ¼ in (21 cm) at top
A vase of clear glass with the interior wall “flashed” with a thin layer of ruby-red glass, forming the top section of a gu vessel flaring upward to a rectangular opening. The vase is permanently mounted in European fashion on a partially gilt bronze stand incised with floral patterns and resting on four feet modeled in the form of claws grasping a ball.
In contrast to casing, Claudia Brown and Donald Rabiner describe the “flashing” technique as the “addition of a thin over layer to tint a body of clear glass”. See Brown (1987), Introduction note 15, page 14.
Philip and Margaret Hilmes
The Estate of Laurence Sickman
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: A Selection from the Gadient Collection (2009), cat. no. 8
(Hard cover catalogue, 64 glass artworks, 64 pp, full color illustrations, English text and Chinese captions. Catalogue available for purchase, $45 including domestic shipping, $55 international. The catalogue can also be viewed online in pdf format. Please contact us or visit our "exhibitions" page for more information.)