An exceptional, very fine and large SANG DE BOEUF HU VESSEL with 2 Deer Head Handles flanking the sides, QING Dynasty, China. Deep Maroon Sang de Boeuf Glaze (Langyaohong). Bulbous Pear shaped body on a raised base rim. Wide neck with a slightly outwards inclined mouth rim. Finest Craquelure. Size: H. 39 cm. x 30 cm. diameter. Weight: 8.05 kg. Condition: Very Good with inconsequential manufactory flaws/very small chips on base.
LANGYAOHONG: (Sang de Boeuf) was developed at the Imperial Kilns at Jingdezhen, Eastern China, under the supervision of Lang Tingji (1663-1715) during the KANGXI REIGN (1662-1722). The thick and viterous deep Maroon Glaze gives Sang de Boeuf porcelain it's distinctive appearance. This traditional glazing technique inspired many European Artists throughout the ages.
HU: The HU Vessel type was originally used as a wine container and exists in many variations. Examples with a squared section are usually referred to as FANGHU.
DEER: The Deer is a popular and auspicious motif in Asian Art since the late Shang and Zhou Dynasties. In the Taoist Cult of Immortality a Deer was capable of finding "the Mushrooms of Immortality". The Deer is also a symbol of Longevity.