A blue and white double-gourd vase, Ming dynasty, Jiajing period. Photo Sotheby's

the lower section painted with two reserves of Daoist immortals including Li Tieguai with crutch and gourd and magicians enclosed by stiff-leaf and petal-form lappets, the waisted center with scattered florets on a blue diaper ground, the upper bulb with further immortals including Liu Hai on his three-legged toad crossing a sea of crested waves, between lappet bands, the narrow cylindrical neck with two lozenge reserves enclosing cruciform clouds against a diaper ground, illegible seal mark on base. Height 18 1/2  in., 47 cm. Estimation 10,000 — 15,000

PROVENANCE: Collection of Colin Lanceley, Sydney, Australia

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York | 17 sept. 2013 - www.sothebys.com