The globular body and waisted neck are decorated in gilt reserved on a rich blue ground with variously decorated medallions set between a petal-lappet border at the foot, a band of flower scroll and Shou characters on the shoulder, and ruyi and key-fret bands at the neck.

Note: The finely detailed gilt decoration on the present vase is exceptionally well preserved. For a similar gilt-decorated blue-ground Guangxu-period bottle vase, see National Museum of History: Major Holdings of the National Museum of History, Taipei, 1988, p. 72. Another example from the Kwan Collection was exhibited, Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 13 August - 25 September 1983, p. 125, no. 126.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 26 November 2014