The individual elements of this vase have been carefully chosen for their auspicious significance; for example the shou characters rendered in gilt represent good fortune, which is echoed through the bats, while the ruyi heads mean 'as you wish'. Compare a Jiaqing vase of similar form, but of larger size and painted with two registers of bats and ruyi heads with a lotus scroll, divided by upright leaves and various colourful borders, inscribed with a Chongming Tang mark, sold at Christie's New York, 24th June 1983, lot 1043, and again in our Hong Kong rooms, 30th October 2002, lot 256.
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