A fine blue and white bottle vase in Transitional style

Lot 3026. A fine blue and white bottle vase in Transitional style, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 42.3 cm., 16 5/8  in. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD. Lot sold 350,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2013

with a pear-shaped body supported on a low slightly splayed foot, sweeping up to a long slender neck collared with a central bulb and a flared rim, brightly painted around the exterior in shades of cobalt with a composite floral band centred with a large lotus on each side surrounded by long palm leaves, flanked by a pair of camellias and further chrysanthemum and hibiscus, all borne on a continuous meandering scroll between a row of petals skirting the base and pendent lappets draping the shoulder, the neck further collared with a narrow band of foliate florets and a blue-ground border picked out with white blossoms, all below four pendent elongated panels enclosing a white lotus around the lower neck, a lotus scroll on the central bulb and upright flowers and insects at the rim, the base glazed and centred with a peony sprig mark, wood stand.

Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 26th November 1980, lot 309

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 08 Oct 2013