Lot 306. A celadon-glazed barrel-form vase, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795); 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 20,000 - GBP 30,000 (USD 26,040 - USD 39,060). © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.
The exterior of the drum-form vase is decorated with two bands of bosses and a pair of fixed-ring mythical-beast mask handles. It is covered overall with a soft sea-green glaze. The base bears the reign mark which is surrounded by an unglazed ring.
Provenance: Private English collection, acquired in the 1950s or earlier.
Note: Compare the present lot with a single jar from the T. Y. Chao collection which was included in the exhibition Ch'ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, Hong Kong, 1974, no. 18. A similar example from the Edward T. Chow collection was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 25 November 1980, lot 96. See also a slightly smaller (16 cm. high) example sold at Christie's New York, 14-15 September 2017, lot 1265, and a pair of ormolu-mounted jars sold at Christie's London, 15 May 2018, lot 179.