Hongxian Period, December 12, 1915 – March 22, 1916
Height: 5 ¾ in (14.6 cm)
A pair of small sapphire blue glass bottle vases of faceted-form, each bearing a hallmark of the “Hall where Benevolence Resides” in regular script within a double square.
From the Yongzheng through the Guangxu period, the Imperial Workshops were manufacturing similar vases bearing imperial reign marks, with sizes ranging from approximately 14 to 15 cm. It is, therefore, not surprising that Yuan Shikai 袁 世 凱, the general who reinstated the monarchy and proclaimed himself Emperor under the era name of Hongxian, had these vases commissioned for one of the halls of his palace.
Provenance: P.C. Lu & Sons
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: A Selection from the Gadient Collection (2009), cat. no. 57
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