Lot 190. A very rare blue and white 'floral' vase, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-1735); Height 20 cm, 7⅞ in. Estimate: 150,000 - 250,000 GBP. Lot sold 450,600 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.
of compressed globular shape, rising from a splayed foot and tapering to a tall cylindrical neck, the exterior densely painted in varying shades of deep blue with large floral blooms, including lotus, peony and chrysanthemum, each borne on undulating stems bearing lush foliage, all below a frieze enclosing a foliate scroll encircling the rim, the foot bordered with a classic scroll band, the base inscribed with a six-character reign mark within a double-circle.
Provenance: Acquired in China in the late 19th Century.
Gifted to the grandmother of the last owner in the 1920s and thence in the family by descent.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, London, 4 November 2020