Lot 3030. A pair of large moulded celadon-glazed underglaze-blue and iron-red decorated jardinières, seal marks and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); d. 38.6 cm, 15 1/4  in. Estimate 450,000 — 550,000 HKD (57,299 - 70,032 USD). Lot Sold 2,125,000 HKD (270,576 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's.

each robustly potted with a deep bell-shaped body rising from a splayed foot to a flared rim, finely painted to the exterior with four gilt-bordered quatrelobed cartouches enclosing iron-red lotus blooms borne on an underglaze-blue leafy meander, all above double gilt-painted horizontal fillets encircling the belly, framed above and below with moulded ruyi-shaped lappet bands, the foot similarly decorated with squared scrolls, covered overall save for the painted cartouches with a pale celadon glaze, the brown-dressed rim and foot enhanced with traces of gilding, inscribed to the base with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue.

Note: This pair of jardinières is unusual for the combination of a moulded celadon-glazed ground with lobed panels decorated in iron red and underglaze blue. While no other closely related jardinière appears to have been published, one of similar form but decorated with famille-rose panels on an iron-red ground, from the collection of 7th Earl of Harewood, K.B.E, was sold at Christie’s London, 15th May 2012, lot 377.  

Sotheby'sAn Important Collection of Chinese Ceramics, Hong Kong, 08 Oct 2019