Lot 1388. A fine Ming-style blue and white bottle vase, Daoguang seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1821-1850); 14½ in (37 cm.) high. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 171,750© Christie's Images Ltd 2013

The vase is painted in fifteenth century style with a broad band of composite foliate scroll above a petal-lappet band on the globular body, and bands of pendent ruyi heads and further foliate scroll on the shoulder, all separated by plain rib borders below a band of upright leaves rising from a key-fret border towards a further ruyi band and wave border on the neck. Together with a blue and white domed cover with bud-form finial, Kangxi period, which has a black Johanneum inventory mark, N=181, on the interior.

Provenance: Imperial Oriental Art, New York, November 1998.

Note: Compare the similar Daoguang-marked vase sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2009, lot 1900.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 19 - 20 September 2013