finely potted and painted in vivid tones of cobalt blue simulating Ming dynasty 'heaping and piling,' the truncated lower bulb densely decorated with lotus scrolls, the shoulder draped with a band of pendant ruyi heads and detached floral sprigs, rising to a waisted neck with lappets collared by a raised ring of dots, surmounted by a garlic-mouth painted with lingzhi borne on scrolling foliage and linked by a pair of curved ruyi handles, the base inscribed with a six-character reign mark
Finely decorated with elegant blooms, a closely related example was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27th April 1997, lot 77, and twice in these rooms, 27th April 2003, lot 56, and 10th April 2006, lot 1686; and another was sold in these rooms, 26th October 1993, lot 189. Compare also a flask decorated with flower scrolls in doucai enamels, in the Chang Foundation, illustrated in James Spencer, Selected Chinese Ceramics from Han to Qing Dynasties, Taipei, 1990, pl. 160.
For the prototype of this form and design, see a blue and white flask of Yongzheng reign mark and of the period, decorated with a flower scroll design and interlocking sprays of lotus in underglaze red, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (III), Shanghai, 2000, pl. 200.
Compare also a blue and white double-gourd flask with a rounded, base, similarly decorated with flower scrolls, illustrated in Qian Zhenzong, Qingdai ciqi shangjian, Shanghai, 1994, pl. 160.
For an example of this rare shape, but covered in a teadust glaze. See one, from the Hotung Collection, sold in these rooms, 21st May 1979, lot 126, and included in the Min Chiu Society exhibition An Anthology of Chinese Art, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1985, cat. no. 188. A pair of Yongzheng teadust flasks, illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1986, pl. 961, was sold in our London rooms, 10th December 1985, lot 271.
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