Lot 81. A blue and white double gourd vase, Transitional period, circa 1640; 36cm., 14 1/8 in. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP. Lot sold 12,500 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's 2011.
painted in varying shades of cobalt-blue depicting 'Seven Sages in the Bamboo Grove', the upper bulb with a reclining scholar presented with a covered vessel by an attendant, the lower bulb with six scholars engaged in literati pursuits within a landscape, encircled by floral and chevron borders at the waist, the neck with a band of stylised tulip flowers.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, 11 May 11, London