Lot 330. A pair of famille rose 'Hundred bats' bottle vases, Guangxu six-character marks in iron-red and of the period (1875-1908) ; 16 in. (40.6 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 20,000 (USD 19,620 - USD 26,160). © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.
Each vase is decorated to the globular body with a dense-pattern of iron-red bats in flight amongst lingzhi-shaped clouds, all between a petal-lappet band to the foot and a band of lotus sprays alternating with gilt shou characters to the shoulder. The neck is similarly decorated below a band of ruyi-heads enclosing the mouth rim.
Provenance: Private European Collection.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 14 May 2019