Collection of Sir Harry and Lady Garner.
Sotheby's London, 8/9th July 1974, lot 308.
A closely related vase was sold at Christie's London, 4th November 2008, lot 205; and a smaller example, but with slightly different proportions and a Qianlong seal mark on the base, was sold in these rooms, 2nd May 1995, lot 72, and again at Christie's Hong Kong, 29th May 2007, lot 1467. Compare also similarly decorated vases with globular bodies and long flaring necks, but of larger size and painted with crashing waves at the mouth, a key-fret band and floral scroll base on the neck, and a classic scroll on the foot, such as one from the Shanghai Museum, illustrated in Zhongguo taoci quanji, vol. 15, Shanghai, 2000, pl. 2; four vases with later metal mounts illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, vol. III, London, 1986, pl. 2564; and another example from the Toguri collection, sold in our London rooms, 9th June 2004, lot 5.
Qianlong reign marks of this type written in kaishu script are rare and follow in the style of Yongzheng six-character reign marks. See a pear shape vase inscribed with a similar Qianlong reign mark and decorated with similar 15th century style bands, sold in our London rooms, 26th June 1973, lot 299, and again in these rooms, 16th May 1989, lot 41, from the British Rail Pension Fund.
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