The elegant pear-shaped body surmounted by a tall slender neck and raised on a short circular foot, all covered with a vivid lavender-blue glaze with large splashes of deep magenta, the base glazed brown and finely incised with the six character reign mark.
Provenance: Formerly a South American private collection.
cf. Sotheby`s Hong Kong, 8th April 2011, for a related Qianlong vase.
It is believed that flambe glazes were an eighteenth-century attempt to recreate Song dynasty Jun wares. Pieces with this distinctive abstract glaze were first commissioned by the Yongzheng Emperor (1723-1735) and remained popular during the reign of Emperor Qianlong. The two emperor`s fondness for such pieces reflects their admiration and reverence for classical Jun pieces of the Song. See R Kerr, Chinese ceramics: Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911, pp.75 and 78 for a more detailed discussion on this glaze.