22 - 23 March 2018
PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION
A RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL CELADON-GLAZED RELIEF-DECORATED BOTTLE VASE
QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
The vase, of elegant shape, is finely decorated around the bulbous body with a wide band of archaistic dragon scroll set between a petal-lappet band below and on the shoulder above by a band of overlapping petals enclosing ruyi heads and a narrow key-fret-bordered band of confronted archaistic dragons. The tall, slightly waisted neck is encircled at the base by a wide band of overlapping upright leaves and at the top with bands of pendent ruyi, circles and further confronted archaistic dragons where the neck flares towards the rim. The vase is covered overall with a glaze of soft sea-green color that thins to a paler tone on the raised decoration.
15 ¾ in. (40 cm.) high
John Sparks, London (according to label).
Acquired by the current owner in the 1960s.
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