A small ovoid doucai vase, Mark and Period of Yongzheng

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Lot 3716. A small ovoid doucai vase, Mark and Period of Yongzheng (1736-1795); 8.7 cm., 3 3/8  in. Estimate 1,000,000 — 1,500,000 HKD. Lot sold  2,320,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby’s

of circular form, delicately potted with an ovoid body rising from a short tapered foot to a square-sectioned neck and slightly everted mouthrim, delicately painted to the exterior with a continuous scene of peony blossoms issuing from pierced rockwork interspersed with floral buds and a knotty branch bearing prunus blossoms to the other side, a pair of magpies perched on rocks and sprigs, whilst another pair is depicted in mid-flight, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within a double circle.

Provenance: Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 11th April 2008, lot 2904 (one of a pair).

Note: Yongzheng doucai vase of similar form and decorative style from the Xu Hanqing collection, but with a circular mouth and enamelled with prunus and bamboo, was sold at Christie’s New York, 15th September 2011, lot 936.

Sotheby’s. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong | 08 oct. 2014