4th December 2014
A Chinese famille rose and calligraphic pea green ground porcelain vase, mark of Qianlong and probably of the period, the cylindrical body reserved with eight raised panels, alternately containing lines of black texts and flower paintings, reserved within a pea green ground filled with formal lotus flowers and tendrils, the texts written in four different scripts, comprising clerical, seal, regular and semi-cursive script, each with Emperor's colophon in iron red, the flower panels filled with lotus, peony, prunus and chrysanthemum, all under a short trumpet neck, iron red seal mark of Qianlong to base, within a turquoise washed foot interior, height approx 40.3cm (riveted repair to rim). Note: style of this piece recalls a small group of vases bearing Qianlong's own text, one example in the Percival David Collection.
Hammer price: £520,000
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