Lot 1608. A rare 'famille-rose' turquoise-ground vase, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); 40 cm., 15 3/4 in. Est. 400,000 — 500,000 HKD. Lot Sold 500,000 HKD. photo courtesy Sotheby's 2009.
of ovoid form with sloping shoulders set with a waisted neck and flared mouth, tapering to a slightly cinched body, all supported on a short straight foot, painted on two sides with a broad trapezoidal panel with notched corners, each panel painted in famille-rose palette, one panel containing a pair of phoenix perched on rocks amidst flowering peonies and magnolias, opposite an idyllic landscape panel with simple dwellings near a stream, the neck similarly painted with two quatrefoil panels, one with a further landscape and the other with narcissus, roses and nandina berries, all reserved against an imitation 'turquoise' mineral ground, the pale blue ground finely painted with the natural veining of the stone, the underside painted in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, Hong Kong, 08 Oct 2009