• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1893

    A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE BLUE AND WHITE VASE

    Price Realised  

    A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE BLUE AND WHITE VASE
    QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The vase of square section with chamfered corners below the waisted neck, the angled shoulders tapering to a bulbous base finely painted and pencilled with a dense lotus flower scroll issuing curled leaves and tendrils, interspersed with pairs of bats to each of the main facets with a further bat below the rim suspending a musical stone and tasselled wan emblem, with additional tasselled musical chimes dangling from the top corner of each squared shoulder, the everted mouth encircled with a band of ruyi heads, the low splayed foot with floral sprays
    12 3/4 in. (32.5 cm.) high, stand, box


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    The only other vase of this rare shape and pattern, possibly the pair to the present lot, was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 15 November 1988, lot 104.

    Provenance

    Previously sold:
    Sotheby's London, 14 December 1976, lot 163
    Sotheby's Hong Kong, 20 May 1985, lot 181
    The British Rail Pension Fund, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 16 May 1989, lot 40


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN


    Exhibited

    On loan at the Dorchester International Ceramics Fair, London, June 1986
    The Chang Foundation, Taipei, Ching Wan Society Millennium Exhibition, 2000, illustrated in the Catalogue, p. 197, no. 102