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Qing Flambe Tianqiuping Vase
Date: 19th century | Qing Dynasty
Materials: Porcelain with flambe transmutation glaze
Height: 33.5 cm
Diameter (at widest point): 22.5 cm
Provenance: From an Ambler, Pennsylvania estate
Description: A beautiful 19th century Qing flambé glaze vase, of bottle form with a straight cylindrical neck paired with a globular body. The deep, intense glaze is of a oxblood sang debouef tone paired with subtle streaks of blue, and has a color texture reminiscent of mossy undergrowth. The glaze thins out at the neck rim to form an attractive off-white border. Interestingly, the base is marked with a four-character Yongzheng kaishu mark, written in a casually hand with porcelain slip.
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.
Condition: some roughness and chips to the foot rim, but otherwise perfect. [Please examine all photos carefully, as they are part of the condition report.]