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My First & Only Examples of Peachbloom
Just won these two peachbloom cabinet vases at a local auction in Houston, Texas; of all the least likely places to find them. It was in a general sale that was on line only. I did get to handle them in person at my leisure before the sale. After looking at them, I came quickly to to the conclusion…gasp…the pair were 20th century!
I had been seriously looking since this summer for a peachbloom example after I had come into a small amount of money. An actual Kangxi example was totally out of the question due to the fact that several hundred thousands of dollars was way outside my range. Even a damaged Kangxi piece would be tens of thousands of dollars outside of my budget. So that left me looking for late 19th/20th century examples. As bad luck would have it, I found out my competition was very happy to bid many times the high estimates for these wares. In August, there was a pair that interested me and I had Peter Combs look at them (he said 20th century & they would have a hard time making their high estimate of $500). Bidders from crazy town ran them up to $3500. This has been how it has generally played out if the glaze was good (not that horrible vomit looking red/green mess), an 18th century sort of shape, and a Kangxi mark. Even the recently closed Sotheby’s on line sale had a cut down 19th century example (Lot 918) with an estimate of $2000-$3000 that sold for $31,500. Crazy!
This is what I know about my purchase. Most importantly to me, the potters had the skills to pull off a successful firing of an 18th century type of peachbloom glaze. The bubbles in the glaze are all different sizes. The paste is very white with few impurities and has a neat foot. They even choose a known Kangxi shape to reproduce, just the wrong shape for Kangxi imperial peachbloom. At the time these were made, I don’t think it was common knowledge that there were only eight official shapes in Kangxi peachbloom imperial wares. The Kangxi marks look neatly done, but are not quite as organized in their spacing as a genuine imperial mark in my opinion. I found no evidence of artificial aging of the vases. After close examination with a loupe, I found grime in areas that would logically collect grime (wet wipes cleaned it up). On conclusion, my opinion on their age range is early Republic to pre-WW2.
Whoops! Loaded this into the wrong topic. Don’t have any plans to sell these vases.
No I wouldn’t resell them either 😁They are lovely and have a convincing Republic bottom. Congratulations!
I don't know enough about Republic pieces to comment on your date, but I see what you mean about the mark. I would be inclined to think that if these were intended to deceive that would look different - unless there is some reverse psychology going on.
Peachbloom is lovely and your pair look very elegant, congratulations! And thanks for making me laugh with your vomit comment! 😊
Very nice pair of peachbloom vases you have posted. They look to be in fantastic condition.
Not an expert on these but I agree with the sentiment that they are Republican period.
Oh those bidders from Crazy Town, too funny, glad they were napping, congratulations. Sharon
Hi William -
Agree with others posts - really nice looking pair vases you have acquired, my congratulations ...
Concur also with your comments re: 'crazy town' bidders ..!!
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