A Rare and large Guanyin-shaped vase with cherry red Langyao ox blood glaze and crackled celadon glaze on the base and inside of the neck, reign of Kangxi (1662-1722). Old restoration with gold lacquer on the neck. French gilded bronze stand (now detached from the stand on which the vase was glued) from the end of the 19th century. Height without the ormolu stand : 38,5 cm
The superintendent of the imperial kilns Lang Tingji gave his name (Lang yao hong: Lang's red ceramic) to a type of ox blood wares based on oxygen-free baked copper oxide of a cherry red hue with light beige areas or light green enhanced with an aesthetic crackle.
The Guanyin shaped vases essentially received this sumptuous glaze which was very popular with the Chinese because the color red is supposed to bring good luck. The Langyao recipe was lost upon the death of the superintendent Lang and despite numerous attempts at the end of the 19th century the delicate combination of a cherry enamel and a crackled green or beige tint was never fully recovered.
The ox blood produced during the reign of Kangxi sometimes has perfect glaze stops and sometimes as it can be seen on a beautiful specimen of a bottle vase kept at the Musée Guimet the glaze is left running down freely over the base as in this case for a more aesthetic effect, in order however to imitate the archaic style of Junyao of the Song and Yuan dynasties, blue sky stonewares with purple spots of which all the later Chinese flames of the Ming and Qing dynasties are finally stylistic heirs.
1 000 €