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    Sale 7581

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    13 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 202

    A FINE MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE BOTTLE VASE

    UNDERGLAZE BLUE QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-95)

    Price Realised  

    A FINE MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE BOTTLE VASE
    UNDERGLAZE BLUE QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-95)
    The tapering cylindrical body lightly moulded and painted in fifteenth century style with simulated 'heaping and piling' with ten vertical panels of alternating flower stems, between horizontal borders decorated with floral meander, with a band of classic scroll encircling the slightly waisted foot, another on a moulded band on top of the canted shoulder above a band of pendent petal lappets, and repeated again above a band of three peony stems on the tubular neck
    12 in. (30.5 cm.) high


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    The decoration and shape of this vase are based on fifteenth century ewers such as the one illustrated by John A. Pope, Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil Shrine, Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, 1956, pl. 54 (bottom right), and another illustrated in Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 14, Tokyo, 1989, p. 25, pl. 17.

    For another Qianlong-marked vase of the same pattern and size, see Xu Huping, Treasures in the Royalty: The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, p. 239.

    See, also, the example sold in our Hong Kong Rooms, 2 November 1999, lot 589.

    Special Notice

    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium


    Provenance

    R. I. C. Herridge Collection, Sotheby's Hong Kong, 20the May 1987, lot 443


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that there is a very short glaze crack to the inside of the neck, which does not go through to the exterior.