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A Chinese liver-red-glazed pear-shaped vase, yuhuchunpingPhoto: Christie's Images Ltd., 2011

The pear-shaped body rising to a flaring rim, covered on the exterior with a pale liver-red glaze, the neck interior and underside under a white glaze, the base with a Qianlong underglaze-blue seal mark, 11½ in. (29 cm.) high  - Estimate £800 - £1,200 - Price Realized  £6,000

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A pair of large Chinese crackle-glazed vases. 19th century.  Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2011

Each flanked by loose ring animal mask handles, with moulded and applied band of decoration resembling bronze to foot, shoulder and neck, Chenghua sealmark to base, 23¼ in. (59 cm.) high (2. Estimate £3,000 - £5,000 -Price Realized £4,375

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A Chinese powder-blue-ground gilt-decorated rouleau vase. Kangxi period (1662-1722).  Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2011

The blue ground gilt with flowering prunus branches, 17¾ in. (45 cm.) high, with later old metal pierced stand, the top similarly fitted for electricity. Estimate £2,000 - £3,000- Price Realized £4,000

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A Chinese sang-de-boeuf bottle vase. 18th-19th century.  Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2011

With globular body and tall cylindrical neck, all under a sang-de-boeuf glaze becoming a purplish-blue colour at the neck and thinning to a pale beige tone below the rim, continuing into the interior with similar colours, 12 in. (30.5 cm.) high. Estimate £600 - £1,000 - Price Realized £1,875

Christie's Interiors Including Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours From The Collection of The Late John Appleby,1 March 2011 London, South Kensington www.christies.com