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A pair of blue-ground famille verte triple-gourd vases. Kangxi period. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

With quatrefoil and fan-shaped panels of various flowers on the bright, mottled ground, with black Johanneum inventory marks N. 139 and N. 143 to the base; 9 in. (22.8 cm.) high (2) - Est. $3,000 - $5,000

Provenance: Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 2 June 1994, lot 384.

Exhibited: Chinese Ceramics from the Prehistoric Period through the Ch'ien Lung, Los Angeles County Museum, 14 March-27 April, 1952, no. 352 (one).

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A pair of blue-ground kendis. Kangxi period. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

Each in the classic Middle Eastern form, with Chinese Imari leaf floral cartouches, with ruyi-head border inside rim, one with a later Middle Eastern metal spout; 9 in. (22.9 cm.) high (2) - Est. $2,500 - $3,500

Christie's. Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver & Chinese Export. 21 - 25 January 2010. New York, Rockefeller Plaza www.christies.com