A blue and white beaker vase, gu, Shunzhi. Sold for £10,000 (€12,764). Photo: Bonhams.
Vividly painted in shades of cobalt blue to the flaring neck with swallows variously perching on branches in flight and hovering beside a group of craggy rocks issuing flowering sprays and scattered with lingzhi fungus, flowers and bush, above a band of stiff leaves beneath a further floral band with scattered flower sprigs. 43.8cm (17 1/4in) high
Provenance: a distinguished European private collection
Notes: Two related but smaller gu vases (38cm and 22.5cm high) are in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated by Chen Runmin, Qing Shunzhi Kangxi Chao Qinghuaci, Beijing, 2005, nos.55 and 56. Another example with related pendent lappets and details such as the moon beneath the rim is illustrated by J.Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, no.12:85.
Bonhams. FINE CHINESE ART, 6 Nov 2014 13:30 GMT – LONDON, NEW BOND STREET