19 March 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 62,500
Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000
A FINE BLUE AND WHITE MING-STYLE BOTTLE VASE
QIANLONG SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
The bulbous body painted in fifteenth century style with a broad band of composite foliate scroll above a petal lappet band and classic scroll on the foot, with further foliate scroll above a ruyi band on the shoulder, and upright leaves rising from a band of key fret on the neck below a wave band at the flared mouth
14½ in. (36.8 cm.) high, box
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A Qianlong-marked bottle vase of the same size and decoration was sold in these rooms, 21 September 2004, lot 286.
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