Lot 143. A fine blue and white bottle vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); 37 cm, 14 1/2 in. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 HKD (38,220 - 63,700 USD). Lot Sold 1,750,000 HKD (223,230 USD). Photo: Sotheby's.
well potted with a compressed globular body rising from a splayed foot, sweeping up to a tall waisted neck flaring gently at the rim, the body deftly painted with simulated 'heaping and piling', depicting large lotus blooms borne on an undulating foliate meander above a lappet band, the shoulder encircled by a band of composite floral scroll and pendant ruyi heads divided by raised moulded fillets, all below further ruyi heads, unright plantain leaves and a key-fret band around the neck, the rim and foot bordered by a band of crashing waves and a classic scroll respectively, inscribed to the base with a six-character seal mark.