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Lot 241. A massive blue and white 'figural' 'soldier' vase and a cover, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 43½ in., 110.5 cm. Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 USDLot sold: 75,600 USD. © Sotheby's 2021

the elongated baluster body tapering towards the foot and rising to gently sloping shoulders surmounted by a waisted neck and everted rim, painted in rich cobalt-blue tones with four large rectangular panels enclosing two alternating processional and court life scenes, framed by vertical borders of floral scroll, all above a band of 'cracked ice' with reserved floral medallions and a band of upright petals encircling the foot, the shoulder with chevron and floral bands beneath a wide undulating band at the neck enclosing floriform lappets and rosettes, the associated domed cover painted with floral boughs, chevron, and petals, topped with a circular knop.

Provenance: Vallin Galleries, Wilton.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 21 September 2021