Porcelain vase with copper-red glaze
China, Tongzhi period, 1861 – 1875
A porcelain vase of bottle form, supported on a low foot with recessed base, the sides bulging out and gradually tapering inwards towards a tall, cylindrical neck. The exterior of the vase is completely covered in a streaked copper-red glaze that turns to almost white at the rim. The inside of the vase and the base are covered in a white glaze with a bluish tinge.
The deep red colour of the glaze, streaked with darker tones, is reminiscent of the so-called flambé glazes that were popular in the West in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Private Collection, UK