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A famille rose yellow-ground ritual vessel, dou. Impressed Daoguang seal mark and of the period

The exterior enamelled with seven writhing and full-faced five-clawed dragons pursuing the flaming pearl amidst cloud and fire scrolls above white crested waves, with a key-fret border below the rim, the interior yellow glazed (hairline crack). 19.7cm (7¾in) high. Estimate: £1,500 - 2,000

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