Lot 2602. A fine gilt-decorated blue ground 'bajixiang' vase, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); 14.2 cm., 5 5/8 in. Estimate 600,000 — 800,000 HKD. Lot Sold 2,780,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's 2010.
the ovoid body rising from a short spreading foot to a tall waisted neck set with a pair of dragon handles, finely gilt-decorated around the exterior with the bajixiang amidst cloud scrolls and within lotus-lappet and ruyi bands at the base and shoulder, the neck with two bats each suspending a musical chime, all between a stiff leaf band at the lower neck and a pendent jewelled band at the rim and reserved on a rich dark blue ground, the interior and base turquoise, the base with an iron red six-character seal mark within a square.