Lot 123. A fine white-glazed carved bottle vase, 18th century; 9.7cm (11 3/4in) high. Estimate 10.000 £ - 12.000 £. Sold for £ 21,250 (€ 24,905). Photo: Bonhams.
Finely painted and enamelled on the exterior with four Immortals, each carrying their individual attributes within a grove of pine interspersed with four lanterns, all between a border of lotus-head scroll beneath the rim and classic scroll on the foot, the interior with a front-facing dragon encircling a flaming pearl in the well and ruyi-heads beneath the rim, box.
Provenance: E.T.Chow Collection (1910-1980)
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 25 November 1980, lot 59
A European private collection.
Note: Edward T. Chow resided in the French Concession of Shanghai and lived briefly in New York, before moving to Hong Kong in 1949 and then Switzerland in 1967. He was amongst the most respected dealers of his generation and known for his three fundamental tenets in building his collection: rarity, quality and decoration.
Compare with a carved white-glazed bottle vase similarly carved with floral scrolls to the globular body below upright stiff leaves to the waisted neck, illustrated by R.L.Hobson in The George Eumorfopoulos Collection Catalogue of the Chinese, Corean and Persian Pottery and Porcelain, vol.5, London, 1927, pl.LXI, no.E344.
Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, London,