Lot 3654. A coral-ground gilt-decorated quatrefoil vase, Jiaqing iron-red six-character sealmark and of the period (1796-1820); 9in. (23 cm.) highEstimate HKD 1,500,000 - HKD 2,000,000Price Realized HKD 2,420,000. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2011

Delicately painted with a large central lotus bloom borne on meandering leafy tendrils below a bat with outspread wings, all amidst further blooms on meandering scrolls and below a ruyi band at the shoulder, the waisted neck with further lotus blooms, box.

Provenance: Previously sold at Christie's London, 3 November 2009, lot 272.

NoteCompare with several similarly decorated Jiaqing-marked vases of differing shapes in the Beijing Palace Museum Collection, illustrated in Miscellaneous Enamelled Porcelains, Plain Tricoloured Porcelains, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Shanghai, 2009, nos. 166-169.

Christie's. The Imperial Sale,  Hong Kong, 1 June 2011