A pair of tall Arita blue and white beaker vases, late 17th century. photo courtesy Sotheby's

each of waisted cylindrical form, painted with flowering branches and pierced rockwork; 42.5cm; 16 3/4in. Estimate 2,000—3,000 GBP. Lot Sold 4,750 GBP


An unusual large Japanese lacquer on porcelain Arita baluster vase, 18th century. photo courtesy Sotheby's

the domed foot rising to a rounded body and flaring rim, with shaped panels of flowering branches and verandahs,on a dark lotus scroll ground, fitted for electricity; 21in high. Estimate 600—800 GBP. Lot Sold 3,750 GBP


A large Japanese Arita blue and white charger, circa 1700. photo courtesy Sotheby's

painted with birds amongst flowering branches and rockwork, the border with radiating similar panels; 55cm; 21 3/4in. Estimate 2,500—4,000 GBP. Lot Sold 2,500 GBP

PROVENANCE: Acquired from Spink & Son in 1988


A Japanese Arita 'Kraak' style blue and white plate, circa 1700. photo courtesy Sotheby's

painted with an insect on a rock: 21cm; 81/4in - Estimate 400—600 GBP. Lot Sold 1,062 GBP

Sotheby's. Ashdown House: The Winter Queen and the Earl of Craven, 27 Oct 10 London www.sothebys.com