Lot 1679. A pair of gilt-decorated blue-ground bottle vases, Guangxu six-character marks in gilding and of the period (1875-1908); 14½ in. (36.8 cm.) highEstimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000Price realised USD 56,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.  

Both decorated with a pair of dragons confronted on a flaming pearl amidst flames and clouds, between a band of waves at the base and a band of tightly scrolled foliage incorporating large blossoms and shou characters at the shoulder, the neck with a further dragon and pearl below a ruyi band, all in gilt against a deep blue ground.  

Provenance: Eugene O. Perkins Collection; Christie's, New York, 2 June 1989, lot 86.

NoteA similar pair of vases with Guangxu marks was sold in these rooms, 20 March 2001, lot 248.

Compare, also, a vase of the same shape with a Guangxu mark, but with gilt decoration on a mirror-black ground, from 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 and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011