Height: 14 1/2 inches, 36.8 cm
Width: 8 1/2 inches, 21.6 cm

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