Lot 213. A pair of large blue and white 'phoenix and lotus' vases, hu, 18th-19th century. 22 in. (55.8 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 20,000 - GBP 40,000. Price realised GBP 25,000. © Christies Images Ltd 2017
Each vase is decorated with two tubular bamboo-form handles to the neck. The main body is decorated in reverse with two pairs of confronting phoenix amongst dense lotus scrolls, all above a wide lappet band to the foot. The shoulders are decorated with ruyi-head, wave, and geometric floral bands, all supporting a band of stiff leaves at the neck.
Provenance: Property of a Nordic Gentleman.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, 7 November 2017, London