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18th Century Jun-type Flambe Glaze Quatrefoil Vase Ex-Christie's

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18th c Jun-type Flambe Quatrefoil Vase (LQF111705)
18th century
Early-Mid Qing Dynasty, probably Yongzheng/Qianlong
Porcelaineous stoneware with jun-type transmutation glaze
Height: 30 cm
Width (at widest point): 22 cm
From a Northern California private collection

A rare and unusual 18th century 'shiliu zun' quarefoil vase, glazed in a transmutation color belonging to the Jun type. The glaze is extremely thick, luminous, and creamy. The streaks and splashes of purple, magenta, and pale sky-blue are almost surreal in their vibrancy and hue. The shape is of a classical quatrefoil shape made popular in the Yongzheng and Qianlong reigns, with a bulging, pleasingly globular middle section. The flat-cut foot, typical for the 18th century, has fired to a buff orange color. The base bears old labels and serial numbers from Christie's.

During the Yongzheng and Qianlong eras, imperial interest in 'ancient' ceramics led to several waves of antiquarian revivals. Officially and privately, Jingdezhen kilns began copying and re-creating Song monochromes such as the Guan, Ge, Ru, and Jun wares. To capture the transmutational and ever-changing quality of Jun wares, Jingdezhen potters added colloidal copper, iron, or other metallic materials into their existent Ming formula. The resultant vessels are glassier, bolder homages to the original Song jun glaze.

For an 18th century Jun-type quarefoil vase, please refer to object 1975.1.1668 in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Sotheby's Hong Kong auctioned an 18th century Jun-type Meiping in 2014 (lot 3622 sale hk0522).

Condition: Overall, this vase is in good antique condition, with NO hairlines and NO restorations. There is a 1.8 cm chip near the foot, and a tiny fleabite frit (loss of glaze) to the mouth rim. There are three original manufacturing flaws to the mouth (original to the piece, and not a "condition problem", but described here for accuracy).