A fine blue and white bottle vase


Lot 3027. A fine blue and white bottle vase. Seal mark and period of Daoguang (1821-1850);  37.7 cm., 14 7/8  in. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD. Lot sold 937,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's

of slightly compressed globular form rising from a splayed foot to a tall waisted neck, well painted in deep tones of cobalt around the body with a large foliate scroll of composite flowers, including lotus, peony, chrysanthemum, camellia and hibiscus, above petal panels and a 'classic' scroll encircling the foot and below a border of pendent ruyi and scrolling flowers around the shoulder, all divided by single or double raised ribs, the neck collared with plantain leaves rising from a border of key-fret, below pendent ruyi and a band of tumultuous waves at the mouthrim, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character seal mark, wood stand.

Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 26th November 1980, lot 265

Note: Similar Daoguang bottles have been sold in these rooms, 29th November 1978, lot 247, from the Herridge collection; 23rd May 1978, lot 144, now in the Hong Kong Museum of Art, included in the Museum's exhibition The Wonder of the Potter's Palette, 1984, cat. no. 96; 25th November 1980, lot 119, from the Edward T. Chow collection; and 4th April 2012, lot 3234. See also an example from the Weishaupt Collection, included in the exhibition From the Dragon's Treasure, Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt Museum, 1987, cat. no. 17. For a Qianlong prototype, see a blue and white bottle vase sold in these rooms, 4th April 2012, lot 3243. 

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