Porcelain with flambe glaze
H: 38.3 cm, w (at widest point): 23 cm
Nearly perfect condition: rough unevenness to foot rim
From a Fort Lauderdale, Florida estate
The Qing flambe glaze is rooted in the antiquarian revivals of the Yongzheng and Qianlong period, when an interest in Song monochromes led to attempts to copy Jun glazes. To capture the trans-mutational and ever changing quality of junyao, Jingdezhen potters added colloidal copper, iron, or other metallic materials into their existent glaze formula. The resultant products are glassier, and more bold homages to the red jun glaze.
This particular vase was produced during the late Qing 19th century, when potters could no longer control the flow of glazes during firing, and had to literally shave off excess pooled glazes from the foot rim. Nonetheless, it is sturdily potted and beautifully colored, featuring a deep rich red glaze with streaks of blue highlights. The spots of metallic silver (likely due to the high metal content of the glaze) is attractive and unusual. For a vase with similar spots of silver highlights, see Victoria & Albert Museum C.352-1910.