A large Ming-style blue and white vase, hu, Qianlong seal mark and of the period

The pear-shaped vase with a pair of archaistic stylised dragon handles on the shoulders, painted with a dense continuous meandering scroll bearing lobed leaves and large lotus blossoms, below the neck with a register of shou character medallions reserved on a wan diaper ground between a key fret border and band of interlocked ruyi-heads, with lotus-petal panels enclosing floral sprays above the foot decorated with a classic scroll. 45.5cm (18in) high.Sold for £16,800

Provenance: an English private collection

Compare a similar blue and white hu vase with a Qianlong seal mark, illustrated by Geng Baochang, Ming Qing ciqi jianding, Hong Kong, 1993, p.267, pl.455. A similar hu vase was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 2 May 2005, lot 654.

Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, 14 May 2009. New Bond Street www.bonhams.com