A Ming-style blue and white bottle vase, Qianlong seal mark and period | 清乾隆 青花纏枝蓮紋賞瓶 《大清乾隆年製》款
A Ming-style blue and white bottle vase
Qianlong seal mark and period
the globular body rising from a short spreading foot to a tall elegant waisted neck, finely painted in rich 'heaped and piled' cobalt-blue tones with a composite flower scroll band, all between lotus lappet and 'classic' scroll bands at the base and a ruyi band at the shoulder, the neck with stiff leaf and keyfret bands below a wave band at the rim, the base with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue
Height 14 ⅝ in., 37 cm
The base with a hairline crack across, measuring approx. 9.7cm. The foot slightly uneven. Light wear to the surface consistent with age.
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Hugh Moss Ltd., London, 8th October 1975.
Collection of Chia-Shi Lin (1930-2020), and thence by descent.
Hugh Moss Ltd.，倫敦，1975年10月8日
林教授 (1930-2020) 緣木得魚齋珍藏，此後家族傳承
Elegantly decorated with early Ming-inspired motifs, the craftsman of this vase has also imitated the mottled ‘heaping and piling’ effect of the celebrated 15th century blue and white wares through a deliberate application of darker and denser spots of cobalt on the design. A related example in the Nanjing Museum is illustrated in Treasures of the Royalty: The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, pl. 233; one in the Shanghai Museum is published in Zhongguo taoci quanji [Complete series on Chinese ceramics], vol. 15, Shanghai, 2000, pl. 2; and four such vases are illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, vol. III, London, 1996, pl. 2564, one with an elaborate 19th century Ottoman gilt-metal cover.
Similar vases were also sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 13th March 1973, lot 273, and 29th April 1997, lot 632; and in these rooms, 15th September 1999, lot 94.