A fine lime-green ground famille-rose bottle vase, Jiaqing iron red six-character seal mark and of the period (1796-1820)

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Lot 2293. A fine lime-green ground famille-rose bottle vase, Jiaqing iron red six-character seal mark and of the period (1796-1820); 11 3/4 in. (29.7 cm.) high. Estimate 1,500,000 - HKD 2,000,000 USD. Lot sold 3,150,000 USD. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013

The vase is finely potted with a globular body rising from a slightly splayed foot to a long cylindrical neck. The body is decorated with four large lotus blossoms each flanked by a pair of kui dragons and divided by lotus sprays, between a band of ruyi-heads and upright lappets, all against a bright lime-green ground. The pattern is similarly repeated on the neck, above a pink-ground band decorated with florettes and scrolls, flanked by C-scroll handles enamelled in iron-red with gilt decorations. The interior and base are applied with a turquoise enamel.

Property of the Yiqingge Collection. 

NoteCompare to a Jiaqing-marked jar similarly decorated with lotus blooms flanked by kui dragons on a lime-green ground, between ruyi-heads and upright lappets, in the Qing Court Collection and illustrated in Porcelains with Cloisonne Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 173. Similar designs are also seen on Qianlong period porcelains, such as a Qianlong-marked vase detailed with lotus borne on tendrils between phoenix on a lime-green ground, included in the Nanjing Museum and Chinese University of Hong Kong joint exhibition Qing imperial Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1995, Catalogue, no. 96. 

Christie'sIMPERIAL SALE: IMPORTANT CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART. 29 May 2013. Convention Hall.