Lot 1352. A gilt-decorated blue-ground bottle vase, Guangxu six-character mark and of the period (1875-1908); 15¼ in. (39 cm.) highEstimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price realised USD 43,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013.

The body is decorated with two five-clawed dragons contesting a flaming pearl amidst flames and clouds above a band of cresting waves and below a shou character and lotus band on the neck and another dragon at similar pursuit on the waisted neck, all in gilding on a blue ground.

Property from the Dana P. Pollard Collection

Provenance: Acquired in Washington, D.C., circa 1988.

Note: A pair of similarly decorated Guangxu-marked vases, but of slightly smaller size (36.8 cm.), was sold at Christie's New York, 25 March 2011, lot 1579.

Compare, also, the Guangxu-marked vase with similar gilt decoration, but on a mirror-black ground, in the National Palace Museum, illustrated by van Oort, Chinese Porcelain of the 19th and 20th Centuries, The Netherlands, 1977, pl. 93.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of ArtNew York, 19 - 20 September 2013