A large cloisonné enamel ‘lotus’ vase, hu, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 302. A large cloisonné enamel ‘lotus’ vase, hu, Ming dynasty, 16th century; 56cm., 22in. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 GBP. Lot sold 42,500 GBP. Photo Sotheby's

the pear-shaped body resting on a stepped spreading foot, surmounted by a waisted neck flaring at the rim, the shoulders set with a pair of gilt-bronze phoenix masks suspending loose rings, brightly decorated to the exterior with alternating upright and pendent lotus blooms borne on undulating leafy scrolls arranged in horizontal registers, all divided by floral scroll and ruyi cloud bands.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 06 Nov 2013