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A blue and white mallet-shaped vase. Kangxi

Painted on each side around the neck and body with a stylised phoenix in the archaic taste formed of C and S-scrolls, with each bird grasping a ring in its beak. 20cm (7¾in) high. - Estimate: £3,000 - 5,000

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Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, 6 Nov 2008. New Bond Street - www.bonhams.com