Guangxu - Republic period
Porcelain with langyao / ox blood copper red glaze
H: 42 cm (with stand), 38 cm (without stand)
From a Greenwich, Connecticut estate
Of Qing monochrome glazes, the langyao red is one of the best known. It was during the early 18th century that Jingdezhen potters managed to rework the Ming copper red formula into a more translucent and fluid version. The resulting product--from the crackled body to the white-red progression down the neck--is ineffably elegant. "Langyao" red is named after the Kangxi-era imperial kiln inspector, Lang Tingji, and is also known in the west as "ox blood red" or "sang de boef." This particular vase features a wonderfully luminous glaze and classic coloring. The brass metal stand is included. For a similarly shaped (but earlier) langyao red tianquiping, refer to Victoria and Albert Museum C.366-1910.
Condition report: 1. Lamp hole neatly drilled to base 2. There is a 11 cm hairline running across the base of the vase 3. Typical late Qing/Republic glaze abrasions near the foot rim. Visible out body is however perfect without noted flaws.