A rare white-glazed soft paste archaistic vase, Qianlong seal mark and period

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Lot 39. A rare white-glazed soft paste archaistic vase, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795); 24.5 cm, 9 3/4  in. Estimate £15,000 — 20,000Courtesy Sotheby's.

the baluster body rising from a recessed spreading foot to a broad round shoulder anda tall waisted neck set with a pair of elephant-head handles, carved and moulded around the body with a wide band of stylised taotie masks between keyfret bands, a band of stylised lotus lappets around the foot, the neck with a band of stylised archaistic dragons below a ruyi band around the neck, covered overall with a crackled ivory-white glaze, the base incised with a six-character seal mark, wood stand.

NoteCompare a similar vase formerly in the H.O. Havemeyer Collection, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession Number 29.100.279.

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 Vase with Elephant Heads and Cloud Designs, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95). Soft-paste porcelain with incised and applied decoration (Jingdezhen ware). H. 10 in. (25.4 cm); Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm). H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeye, 29.100.279. © 2000–2019 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, London, 15 may 2019