A chinese blue and white 'hundred crane' jar and matched cover. Wanli period (1573-1620)

Reverse decorated with cranes in flight amongst scrolling clouds, the domed cover with replacement silver swing handle. 16 1/8 in. (41 cm.) high. Estimate £10 000- £20 000 - Price Realized £24 375


A chinese large blue and white pear-shaped vase. Wanli period (1573-1620)

Brightly painted around the body in bright shades of cobalt blue with horses galloping freely amidst large lotus blooms borne on leafy scrolls, the shoulder with large peony blooms divided by stylised cloud-scrolls. 22½ in. (57 cm.) high. Estimate £10 000- £15000 - Price Realized £10 000


A chinese blue and white kraak porselein charger. Wanli period (1573-1620)

The interior finely painted with chrysanthemum blooms borne on leafy stems, the cavetto with panels enclosing plants and fruits. 19 1/3 in. (49 cm.) diam. Estimate £1 500- £2 500- Price Realized £2 750


A chinese blue and white box and cover, Wanli period (1573-1620)

The cover decorated with peony sprays issuing from rockwork, the box with panels of birds perched on blossoming branches, the interior divided into separate compartments. 7¼ in. (18.5 cm.) diam. Estimate £2 000- £3000 - Price Realized £2 500.

Christie's. Le Grand Goût- A Private European Collection. 17 June 2009. London, King Street www.christies.com