A fine Ming-style blue and white pear-shaped vase,yuhuchunping, Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1735-1796) 

Lot 3053. A fine Ming-style blue and white pear-shaped vase, yuhuchunping, Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1735-1796); 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm.) highEstimate HKD 1,800,000 - HKD 2,500,000 (USD 232,823 - USD 323,366). Price Realised HKD 3,140,000 (USD 406,003). © Christie's Images Ltd 2010.

The globular body painted in vivid blue tones in imitation of 'heaping and piling' with plantain and bamboo growing beside rocks on grassy mounds, below a band of foliate scroll in-between upright leaves and a pendent ruyi collar at the waisted neck, the base with a band of lotus lappets encircling the splayed foot, decorated with a band of demi-florettes, box.

ProvenanceAn Asian private collection, previously sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 23 March 1993, lot 801 

Note: A similar Qianlong example in the National Palace Museum, Taipei is illustrated in The National Palace Museum: Blue and White Ware of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Book II, Taipei, 1968, pl. 12; another vase with Qianlong mark sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 29 May 2007, lot 1468.  

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 1 December 2010, Hong Kong