A Ming-style Blue and White vase, Meiping. Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736-1795). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2010
The vase is sturdily potted with a broad shoulder and waisted neck, the exterior painted in deep shades of blue with simulated 'heaping and piling', with six fruit and flower-sprays arranged in two registers, comprising lychee, peach, pomegranate, peony, prunus and lotus, above a band of upright plantain leaves at the foot, ten petal panels below the neck painted with four floral-sprays; 12 5/8 in. (32 cm.) high - Est. HK$2,800,000 - HK$3,500,000. Price Realized HK$7,820,000 ($1,011,128)
Provenance: A Canadian private collector, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 18 March 1991, lot 567
Notes: The inspiration for this shape and pattern originates from examples produced during the early Ming period, such as the 15th century example in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Blue and White Ware of the Ming Dynasty, Book II (part 1), Hong Kong, 1963, pl. 1; and two other meiping vases illustrated by T. Misugi, The Ardebil Shrine Collection, Hong Kong University Press, 1981, nos. A69 and A70.
A number of these tall, high shouldered vases are published: one formerly from the Edward T. Chow Collection, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19 May 1981, lot 546; a vase from the Eugene O. Perkins Collection, sold at Christie's New York, 2 June 1989, lot 90; and a pair from the T. Y. Chao Collection, exhibited at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1978, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 79, one of which is now in the S. C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, and is illustrated in Blue and White Porcelains in the Collection of Tianminlou Foundation, Hong Kong, 1996, p. 222, no. 94. Also, compare with the vase from the Robert Chang Collection sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 November 2004, lot 1078 and sold at again on 1 December 2009, 1888.
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