A fine blue and white baluster vase. Jiaqing seal mark and of the period. Photo Bonhams

The squat bulbous sides evenly painted with blossoms alternating with pendent bats amid foliate scrolls below a band of ruyi-head and key-fret at the shoulder, the long straight neck with lappets pointing stiffly upwards below further scrolls and ruyi-head at the open mouth. 25.4cm (10in) high - Estimate: £50,000 - 80,000, CNY 490,000 - 790,000, HK$ 600,000 - 970,000

Provenance: Sotheby's London, 12-13 July 2006, lot 635
The Inder Rieden Collection

Compare a related vase painted with lotus scrolls emanating from chilong interspersed with bats suspending chimes, Jiaqing seal mark and of the period, illustrated by P.Y.K.Lam, ed., in Ethereal Elegance: Porcelain Vases of the Imperial Qing: The Huaihaitang Collection, Hong Kong, 2007, Catalogue no.111.

Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, 10 Nov 2011, New Bond Street www.bonhams.com