Lot 1829. A small blue and white globular jar, Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736-1995); 5 in. (12.8 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 80,000 - HKD 120,000. Price realised HKD 187,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008.
Painted around the body with eight roundels each containing two chrysanthemum leaves, interspersed with formal sprays of scrolling lotus, all between blue ruyi lappets around the foot and shoulder 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm.) high, stand, box.
Note: Previously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 27 April 1993, lot 171 and again, 2 November 1998, lot 385.
The design originates from the Chenghua prototype, such as the example with chrysanthemums and butterflies, illustrated in Chogoku Toji Zenshu, vol.21, pl.1.
Qing blue and white examples of this pattern appear to be very rare. A similar Qianlong marked jar and cover decorated in doucai enamels in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, is included in the Illustrated Catalogue of Ch'ing Dynasty Porcelain in the National Palace Museum, Vol. II, Taipei, 1981, pl. 24.
Christie's Hong Kong. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 27 May 2008