Three Chinese Glazed Vases

Value (2011) | $13,000 Auction$15,000 Auction
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GUEST:
These two are... they're called scholar's pieces. They sit on a scholar's desk and you'd have one flower in them. And I like the monochrome and peach chrome glaze and when I saw them, got them. This one I bought here in Atlanta from a guy who sells primarily export porcelains, and he calls this domestic, and I like domestic Chinese better than I do export.

APPRAISER:
They're beautiful monochromes. This is what they refer to as a peach bloom glaze. And both of these examples are 19th century. The earlier ones, they could take control of the glaze and they could stop at absolutely short of a foot, and only in the 18th century could they do that. In the 19th century, they didn't have the control to do it. And this one here particularly shows one feature of that. Right there on the bottom, you'll see how it's been ground off there, and that's where there was a large area of drip in the glaze that prevented it from being mounted properly. But then you have this one here. There's an absolute control over the glaze, and the glaze stops absolutely even at the foot. In the later part of the 18th century, they have lapidary stone cutters polish that off to imitate that. This one isn't that way; this one is total control of the glaze, which means it's early 18th century.

GUEST:
Great!

APPRAISER:
Probably Kangxi or Yongzheng period, between 1690 and, like, 1730 or so when this one was made. And they call this glaze a crushed strawberry glaze.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
And it's a different technique than these peach blooms. It's copper oxide that they've used in this one. They call this a hanging gall form. And if you noticed also, if you would actually touch that foot rim of the piece, it's as smooth as talc. These are kind of gritty. Gritty is a feature of the 19th century. That smooth foot is an 18th-century technique. Any idea of the value of these things?

GUEST:
I paid, I think, about $900 apiece for these, and I paid, I think, $350 for that one.

APPRAISER:
These, they're very, very popular because they're such an elegant form. At auction, these two vases would probably sell for $2,500 apiece, these two here.

GUEST:
Okay, that's great.

APPRAISER:
This one, on the other hand, is much, much more desirable. At auction, I would expect this piece to sell for between $8,000 to $10,000.

GUEST:
Whoo!

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
James D. Julia Auctioneers
Fairfield, ME
Appraised value (2011)
$13,000 Auction$15,000 Auction
Event
Atlanta, GA (August 06, 2011)
Form
Vase
Material
Porcelain

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