Lot 114. A blue and white gu-form 'bird and flower' vase, Transitional period, mid-17th century; 17 3/8 in. (44.2 cm.) highEstimate GBP 6,000 - GBP 10,000 (USD 7,770 - USD 12,950)Unsold. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019. 

The elegantly potted vase of waisted form is decorated to the upper body with a pair of birds in flight amongst peonies, plum blossoms, bamboo and rocks. The central register is decorated with interlinked ruyi-heads and scrolling tendrils, all above a band of stylised lappets enclosing the foot.

Provenance: Acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century, and then by descent to the present owner.

Property from the Collection of Dr. Friedrich Hirth (1845-1927).

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 5 November 2019