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Rare Famille Rose Turquoise Ground Vase, Jiaqing Period (1796-1820). Photo courtesy Waddington's

The well-potted vase with a tall funnel neck flanked by a pair of stylized bat handles and rising towards an everted gilt rim decorated with a ruyi-head border below, the whole exterior with finely painted and continuous decoration comprised of lotus sprays and emanating vines, the lower portion of the bulb-form body with the flowers arranged in the shape of a medallion with long tendril vines joining together and surrounded by blue sinuous dragons, the neck also with dripping jewel pendants, all completed with fine gilt detailing throughout and against a pale turquoise ground, height 13" - 33 cm. One handle restored, base possibly ground/polished. However there are a number of noted unmarked examples like this thought to have been produced shortly after Emperor Qianlong's death in the earlier Jiaqing reign which have unmarked/unfinished bases like this example. Estimated PriceCAD60,000 - CAD80,000

ProvenanceImportant Chinese Porcelain and Works of Art from an English Gentleman (lots 197-209) Now residing in Toronto, the owner of this collection dedicated the last 40 years to the full-time study of Asian Arts with a main interest in Chinese ceramics, jades and scholarly objects. The majority of the items were purchased at auction and from private collections.Purchased at auction in London during the 1970's.

 

NotesCompare with a similar example with pink handles, damaged neck and with mark and period of Jiaqing sold at Sotheby's Paris, June 9, 2011, lot 181. A pair of double gourd vases with similar design and from the Robert Chang Collection was sold at Christie's Hong Kong November 28, 2006, lot 1311.

Asian Art AuctionWaddington'sPlatinum House. June 10, 2013, 6:00 PM EST. Toronto, ON, Canada