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Was this a Qianlong M&P guan/ge-type just sold at SKINNER for a bargain (Spink & Son sticker to base)?
Auctioneers and Appraisers My Skinner Auction: 3285B Lot: 166 Sold for: $3,198 $2,600 click on any image to enlarge Auction: Asian Works Of Art - 3285B Location: Boston Date / Time : September 14, 2019 10:00AM Guan-type Crackle-glazed Celadon Vase, China, cylindrical form with straight neck and rolled and everted mouth, the body with molded horizontal rings, six-character Qianlong mark in underglaze blue on the recessed base, ht.
I've seen a Yongzheng M&P crackle-glazed vase in a similar shape sold at auction - same height also. Footring seems correct. I know of one Chinese vase estimated at $500 and sold for a little more at Skinner that appeared at Christie's soon after but this time with a $1,000,000 estimate. That one had a John Sparks sticker and that provenance was noted in the Christie's sale.
A FINE GE -TYPE GLAZED CYLINDRICAL VASE , YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)
A small group of Yongzheng-marked 'ribbed' vases are recorded, cf. an identical vase of this size and glaze from the Carl Kempe Collection sold at Sotheby's Paris, 12 June 2008, lot 102; and a slightly larger vase of Guan-type glaze (26.2 cm. high) is illustrated by J.
A few years ago as you might recall, a bevy of monochromes flooded into the market with stickers all over them from important dealers, some with receipts. While nobody I know at Skinners has the knowledge and where with all to authenticate Chinese porcelain beyond common wares, a lot of very sharp dealers from England, France, Hong Kong and the Mainland do attend Skinner's auctions. So I find it hard to believe this slipped through the cracks at such a low price. It's possible I guess, but not terribly likely, unless they had a MASSIVE pool on the object. Nobody or very few pay any attention to Skinner's opinions on items. Dealers and collectors have seen too many instances there with items estimated at $600 to $800, sell into six figures. A few years ago they had the famous vase estimated at a couple hundred thousand and they sold it for $25 Million. They miss all the time.
Monumental Fencai Flower and Landscape Vase, China, Imperial Qianlong period (Lot 96). Estimate: $150,000 - $250,000 . Photo: Courtesy of Skinner, Inc. BOSTON, MASS.- Skinner will hold an Asian Works of Art auction on September 17, 2014 in Boston, focusing on rare and important Chinese art, and featuring a monumental, Fencai, Imperial Qianlong period vase.
What I don't understand is that museums and experienced collectors go to them as there are plenty of alternatives that can offer more professional dating/authentication and better estimates. Like for example the enamel lidded bowl talked about here that came from the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. The 25 million dollar vase came from the Ton-Ying & Company. You would think they would have a good understanding of the market since they are themselves dealers (not sure it came directly from them or from someone who bought it there). I found this website when I googled their name. https://the-maac.com/gallery/ton-ying-company/ But Skinners are not the only one who miss. Did you know that a closely related vase described as 'probably republican period' and estimated at $1000 at Sotheby's was sold for $18 million?
the pear-shaped body well painted with two circular medallions in famille-rose enamels showing exotic bids amidst luxuriant peonies, magnolia and prunus, reserved on a cobalt blue ground embellished with gilt foliate scrolls, repeated in a band encircling the neck between molded wanfret bands in lime green, flanked by arched gilt
I do remember the fake ge/guan pieces with fake stickers, for example those at Altair that you also talked about in one of your videos. I got fooled by those too but luckily I didn't buy any of them. But the vase at Skinners has a different sticker than the fake Spink & Son stickers I can find online. Like this one.
Don't Miss Your Next Treasure. Set up a search alert to hear when Chinese Vases & Garnitures items arrive. CHINESE CRACKLED GEYAO VASE, polygon shaped body rising to a slender neck with dark grey crackle glaze.Dimension: 9 1/2 inch, Ming Dynasty.
Looks very similar to those from Altair shown at bidamount.
Altair Auctions Fake Chinese Song and Qing porcelains being auctioned on July 29, 2017 in Norwood Massachusetts, complete with Fake receipts and labels.
There's a couple more examples of similar vases online. A modern fake (I assume) from 888 AUCTIONS and a 20th ct example from Rob Michiels Auctions. Then we can compare them. You don't see this form very often. http://en.51bidlive.com/Item/95417
H.: 22,5 cm Condition: (UV-checked)- In excellent condition. - The base with traces of a wax stamp, possibly an old export stamp from Chinese customs.
In my research I came across this Qianlong M&P guan-type hu vase sold for only £5,235 at Lyon & Turnbull - a treasure for a bargain. (please click the lowest line in the links otherwise you will be re-directed to the main site.)
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A very rare Ge-type bronze-form vase, hu, Yongzheng seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1723-1735) - Alain.R.Truong
The pear shape, lug handles and bow-string bands decorating the neck and body appear to have been inspired by Longquan, as well as Ge and Guan ware prototypes.
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