Lot 529. A soft paste blue and white 'Phoenix and Kuilong' bottle vase, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period (1723-1735). Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 25,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.
finely-potted, the globular body raised on a short slightly splayed foot to a tall cylindrical neck and wide galleried mouth rim, molded with horizontal ribs to the body, shoulder and neck, finely painted around the body with two registers of archaistic phoenix and kuilong amidst a dense ground of scrolling lotus, all above a band of overlapping lappets at the foot, the neck painted with three registers of suspended chimes and auspicious emblems, all below a broad band of upright lappets and a cloud scroll border at the rim.
Height 14 in., 35.4 cm
Provenance: Collection of Heber R. Bishop (1840-1902).
American Art Association, New York, 20th January 1906, lot 893.
Collection of Harriet Bishop Lanier (b. 1866), and thence by descent.
Literature: American Art Association and Thomas E. Kirby, De Luxe Catalogue of the Art Collection Formed by the Late Heber R. Bishop, New York, 1906, pl. 893, where the vase is illustrated in an engraving by G.E. Burr (fig.1).
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art New York, 15 Mar 2017