Lot 1999. A fine Ming-style blue and white bottle vase, Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736-1795)14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm.) highEstimate HKD 800,000 - HKD 1,200,000. Price realised HKD 1,940,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2010.

The globular body painted to simulate 'heaping and piling' with a composite floral scroll above a band of lotus panels and classic scroll at the foot, with a trefoil cloud collar below another composite floral scroll around the shoulder, the tall neck with keyfret and upright plantain leaves, and breaking waves at the flaring mouth, wood stand.

Note: Four vases of this pattern are illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istandbul, vol. III, London, 1986, p. 1105, no. 2564; where they have been fitted with metal mounts to suit Ottoman use. Other examples include one illustrated in Qingdai Ciqi Shangjian, Hong Kong, 1994, pl. 165; one from the Shanghai Museum, illustrated in Zhongguo Taoci Quanji, part 2, vol. 15, Shanghai, 2000, pl. 2; and one from the Toguri collection, sold at Sotheby's London, 9 June 2004, lot 5.

Christie's. The Imperial Sale Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 31 May 2010