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Qianlong double-gourd vase at Van Ham - counterpart of a vase at Marchant. Similar pair sold at Sotheby's.
I've just come across this Qianlong marked 'yangcai' double-gourd vase that was available at Van Ham in 2017 (lot 2025), where it was described as probably later.
It seems to be the counterpart of a vase sold at Marchant Auctions in 2013, described as mark and period.
$1 Chinese Moon Flask Qianlong Mark & Period Box - Aug 31, 2013 | Marchant Auction & Estates Sales, LLC in TX
8 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 3 1/2 in.. on Aug 31, 2013
The six-character seal marks of the two vases are nearly identical and must have been drawn by the same hand. This also seems to be the case with the pair of similar vases sold at Sotheby's in 2012.
Qianlong Emperor's Auspicious Wufu Vases Hajni Elias The present pair of vases is remarkable for its splendid decoration and eye-catching double-gourd form. Every aspect of the design, delicately painted with an impressive array of colours, conveys an auspicious message and is filled with lucky symbols.
Is there another pair out there potentially worth millions of dollars? Or are they in fact apocryphally marked copies of later period?
To my eye the Van Ham and the Live Auctioneers vase's are the same vase. The top lotus flower is off center and seems to be encroaching over the swirl of the surrounding border. Doubt a mark and period item would have been painted like that.
On the other hand the vase on the right hand side in the Sothebys picture the lower lotus flower seems off center so that may throw my thoughts out the window.
There was one vase at Van Ham only, not two. It's a little strange how the vase at liveauctioneers sold in 2013 can be a copy of a vase for sale four years later at Van Ham in 2017.
It's not the same vase either. There are differencies in the decoration and size of the two vases.
I don't see any notable difference in the quality of the painting of the two vases. The one at liveauctioneers seems slightly paler in color but it's the photograph I think.
The petals of the top lotus is encrouching over the swirl of the surounding foliate decoration on all four vases so that observation doesn't contribute to a correct dating in my opinion.
But to me the perfect match of the marks of the two vases is very interesting because that means that the vase sold at Marchant Auctions (via liveauctioneers) is not a fake, but actually a late Qing/early republic copy or of the Qianlong period. And I have Qianlong marked celadon vase that is identical to one sold at Marchant where it was described as mark and period too. When I posted it on this forum people commented that the pieces at Marchant were just modern fakes but I don't think so. To me it seems as I was right from the very beginning and that the vase I have is either late Qing/early republic or of the Qianlong period, but that's another story...
I think the difference in quality of the painting is very subtle only. But it's interesting that the estimate of the Van Ham vase was €25,000 - 35,000 while the Marchant vase sold for $60,000 plus buyers premium.
There was by the way a notable sale of a pair of provenanced Qianlong mark and period vases at waddingtons in 2012. Estimated at ca$20,000 - 30,000 and sold for only 24,000 if I remember correctly.
As far as I can see they are yancai enamels too and also have the yellow color of the emperor. Sotheby's would be able to sell these for at least $5,000,000 I think. A comparable vase is in the imperial collection, Beijing can be seen in this link.
Dear Corey you are a bit optimistic in thinking that the pair could be worth five million.
The fact that it has a yellow background doesn’t necessarily means that they are imperial.
And one is damaged.
As usual, you continue bringing links to obscure places giving them an un-motivate credit: who told you that that vase is in the Imperial collection?
What? Are you saying that the two vases at Waddingtons are not imperial?
Yes, it looks like there is a small repairment to the rim on one of them.
The vase in the link is also depicted in a catalogue description by Sotheby' as a reference.
Children at Play Li Baoping This vase is a characteristic imperial work of art made during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (1736-95), who was fascinated with the baroque style and rich and lavish decoration.
A yellow-ground yangcai enamelled 'boys' vase at Christie's.
A FINE AND SUPERB YANGCAI YELLOW-GROUND 'BOYS' VASE , QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
The festive nature of the 'Hundred Boys' design brings much animation and vivacity to the composition on these vases. The subject of boys or of children was very popular on decorative arts of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Traditionally, they represent the wish for abundant offspring, or in particular, sons, and wealth.
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