Lot 139. A blue and white 'Floral' bottle vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong (1735-1796); 30.5 cm, 12 in. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 HKD (7,640 - 10,186 USD). Lot sold 525,000 HKD (66,848 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's.
with a tapering cylindrical body rising from a short foot to an angular shoulder and surmounted by a tubular neck, the exterior gently moulded with ten vertical panels, each painted with leafy floral sprays, the neck similarly decorated with a wide band of floral sprays, all divided by foliate, lappet and floral scroll bands, the rim and foot encircled with classic scroll borders, the base inscribed with a six-character seal mark, wood stand.
Note: The form of this vase derives from early Ming ewers, such as one illustrated by John A. Pope, Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil Shrine, Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, 1956, pl. 54 (bottom right). Another Qianlong reign-marked vase of the same pattern and size is illustrated in Xu Huping, Treasures in the Royalty: The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, p. 239; and another vase in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Blue-and-White Ware of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Book II, CAFA, Hong Kong, 1968, pl. 4. A number of these has been sold at auction, including a vase from the Toguri Collection, sold in our London rooms, 9th June 2004, lot 12, and another from the Shorenstein collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1st December 2010, lot 2969.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee II, Hong Kong, 08 October 2019