Lot 55. A large blue and white rouleau vase, Kangxi period (1662-1722)30¾ in. (78 cm.) highEstimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000. Price realised GBP 7,768. © Christie's Images Ltd 2002.

The body painted in bright blue tones to depict a dignitary and his wife awaiting the arrival of equestrian visitors, the couple seated in a pavilion surrounded by children and attendants before a hanging backdrop of rocks and breaking waves, the cylindrical neck painted with bands of ruyi lappets, key pattern and circles, the inside of the mouth-rim prick-engraved with a dated dedicatory inscription, the sixth year of Qianlong, corresponding to AD 1742, rim and neck restorations, body cracks.

Note: The inscription reads, Qianlong liunian qiuyue Xue Hua wei ? xian anzhi, which can possibly be translated as:
In the autumn month of the sixth year of the Qianlong reign, set up by Xue Hua for ancestor(?).

Christie's. Chinese Ceramics & Chinese Export Ceramics & Works of Art, London, 12 November 2002