We are delighted to announce that we will be auctioning this large (46.5cm high) Doucai ‘Lotus and Bats’ Qianlong vase in our November 2014 Fine Art Sale. From the Qianlong period and with Qianlong seal mark, this large vase is sure to attract attention from serious collectors of Asian Art. Estimate £150,000 – 200,000.
History and Provenance
The Qianlong Emperor was thought by many to have been responsible for Chinese porcelain reaching its technical pinnacle for firing and design.
Decorated with Doucai enamels embellished with gilt paint the sumptuous lotus flower head with scrolls and bats is a fine example of the extraordinary quality of its time. The Qianlong seal mark painted in blue is correct for the design. The interior of the vase base and lid are enamelled in turquoise. The finial is a later replacement.
The history of the vase is in itself interesting. The present owner is a direct descendant of a shipping merchant based in Liverpool. The vase was brought back in one of their boats directly from China and has remained in various branches of the same family to the present time.
Viewing as part of London Asian Art Week
The vase will be on show Sunday 2nd November 12 noon – 9pm at The Rountree Tyron Galleries, 7 Bury Street, St James, London, SW1Y 6AL with other Chinese works of art forming an exhibition staged by The Association of Accredited Auctioneers
Pre sale viewing
Sunday 23rd November 2-4pm Monday 24th 10am – 5pm and Tuesday 25th 10am – 4pm.