Lot 1704. A large doucai jardinière, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 13 in. (33 cm.) across. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price realised USD 842,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011

The deep thickly potted sides tapering towards the base and decorated with five composite foliate roundels framed and separated by interlocking leafy foliate scrolls, between borders of petal lappets below and ruyi heads above, with a band of linked quatrefoil panels enclosing flower sprays reserved on a blue ground below the slightly lipped rim.

Note: A jardinière of this type is illustrated in Sekai Toji Zenshu, vol. 15, Japan, 1983, pls. 94 and 95; and another in the Shanghai Museum is illustrated in Selected Ceramics from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Hu, Shanghai, 1989, pl. 68. See, also, the example with Qianlong mark, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 28 November 2006, lot 1546. 

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011