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A fine blue and white 'Three Friends' jarlet, Mark and period of Yongzheng. Photo: Sotheby's.

of ovoid form with rounded tapered sides supported on a recessed base, below a waisted neck and lipped mouthrim, deftly painted in slightly blurred underglaze blue with the 'Three Friends of Winter', prunus, bamboo and pine, all entangled within a wide band and issuing from a double line border encircling the foot, the shoulder collared with a 'classic' scroll and the neck picked out with detached clouds, the base inscribed with a six-character reign mark within double circles, wood stand; 8 cm., 3 1/4  in. Estimation 800,000 - 1,200,000 HKD. Unsold

Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 2nd May 1995, lot 62
A closely related example was sold in our London rooms, 9th November 2011, lot 200; and another was sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 19th January 1988, lot 316, and again in these rooms, 8th October 2008, lot 2563. Jarlets of this type but of slightly smaller size include one from the S.C. Ko Tianminlou collection, illustrated in Liu Liang-yu, A Survey of Chinese Ceramics, vol. 5, p. 90 (top left); another included in the Hong Kong Oriental Ceramic Society Exhibition of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain, Taipei, 1992, City Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 1975, cat. no. 108; and a third jar published in Ma Xigwai (ed.), Beauty of Ceramics. Blue and White Porcelain, Taipei, 1993, pl. 131.

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