A famille-rose Fahua-type jar and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

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Lot 112. A famille-rose Fahua-type jar and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); overall h. 40.7 cm, 16 1/8  inEstimate 80,000 — 100,000 HKD (10,192 - 12,740 USD). Lot Sold 1,000,000 HKD (127,560 USD). Photo: Sotheby's. 

robustly potted with an ovoid body rising to a wide short neck, the exterior exuberantly decorated with applied gilt outlines and brightly enamelled against a deep blue ground, depicting pairs of mandarin ducks swimming amidst a lotus pond with large blooms, broad leaves and arrowheads, below a classic scroll collaring the shoulder, the rim and foot encircled by lappet bands, all surmounted by a similarly decorated domed cover with a bud-shaped finial, the interior and base enamelled turquoise.

NoteIt is extremely rare to find a famille-rose jar of this size and quality, decorated in Ming fahua-style, complete with its original cover. However, the decorative style is very close to that on a Qianlong reign-marked famille-rose fahua-style jar from the Qing court collection and still in Beijing, published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Porcelains with Cloisonne Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 148.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee, Hong Kong, 03 oct. 2018, 10:10 AM