DIMENSIONS: 22.1cm (Width) 21.7cm (Depth) 48.4cm (Height)
This Guanyin vase in the altar-red glaze has a wide flared mouth, a straight neck and broad shoulders. The body, long and smooth, shrinks till the shallow foot. This piece, recovered from overseas, bears a gilded-copper rim and phoenixes on the two sides of the body, which were added later. The circular base -- a gilded-copper sculpture of French origin -- is exquisite, vivid, gorgeous and elegant. The altar-red glaze is pure, graceful and attractive. Additionally, this vessel is distinguished by a regular shape and a unique form. It is solemn, lustrous and free of cracks.
In ancient times, this Zun vessel in the altar-red glaze generally served a sacrificial purpose in the life of a royal household. It isn’t merely a bauble, though, as the ingredients of the altar-red glaze include precious gold, corals, agates and jades. The altar-red glaze, translated from ji hong (“祭红” or “霁红” which refer to the same type of glaze), was, like the Zun form, invented during the Kangxi reign. This tinted, high-temperature glaze is regarded as a treasure by kiln masters, due in part to the exceedingly difficult process involved in its production. This tinted, high-temperature glaze is regarded as a treasure by kiln masters, due in part to the exceedingly difficult process involved in its production. The altar-red glazed ceramic bears a thick but solemn color, which denotes the sophistication of the process. Thus, perfect examples are very rarely seen. Nevertheless, no expense was spared in production. In other words, this altar-red glazed ceramic is the zenith of traditional Chinese ceramic products, and its altar-red glaze is a pearl among tinted, high-temperature glazes.
Historically, the bright-red glazed ceramic found favor among nobility as well as the common people. Particularly, during the Qing dynasty the Qianlong Emperor cherished such ceramic. “Rains poured, and the clouds dropped as the banquet ended. The setting sun shed light on a wild duck flying alone. The ceramic was made with clay, shaped on an iron wheel and dyed with cinnabar.” The emperor gasped in delight and appreciation as he played with it.
Market price: USD 25,900-51,700