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 — 20,000. Courtesy 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.
Note: Compare a similar vase formerly in the H.O. Havemeyer Collection, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession Number 29.100.279.
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