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Lot 2919. A fine blue and white ‘Ming-style’ bottle vase, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795); 14 3⁄4 in. (37.5 cm.) high. Price realised HKD 2,125,000 (Estimate HKD 1,200,000 - HKD 1,800,000). © Christie's 2021

The globular body is decorated with a band of composite floral scrolls above stylised lappets, all below a band of ruyi-heads and a further floral band to the shoulder. The neck is decorated with stiff leaves below a band of crashing waves enclosing the mouth rim.

ProvenanceThe Y.C. Chen (1932-2012) Collection
Sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 31 May 2010, lot 1999.

NoteFour vases of this pattern are illustrated by J. Ayers and R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, 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. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 3 Dec 2021