Lot 244. A blue and white three-piece altar garniture, Daoguang seal mark and period (1821-1850). Estimate 18,000 — 22,000 GBP. Lot sold 22,500 GBP. Photo Sotheby's.
comprising a tripod censer, the globular body raised on three cabriole legs and set with curved upright handles; and a pair of gu-form beaker vases with flared necks above bulbous sections supported on bell-shaped bases; all finely painted with the bajixiang (Eight Buddhist Emblems), surrounded by stylised lotus blossoms borne on foliate scrolls between ruyi, lappet and keyfret bands, inscribed with a six-character seal mark within a rectangular cartouche and a three-character mark reading Ersheng An (Temple of Two Deities). Quantity: 3 - The largest: 38.7 cm, 15 1/4 in.
Note: Compare a very similar blue and white five-piece altar garniture similarly decorated with auspicious emblems and bearing the temple mark Shou Ming Shi in addition to the Daoguang seal mark, sold at Sotheby's Paris, 16th December 2010, lot 202.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, London, 09 Nov 2016