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A fine powder-blue-and gilt-decorated, Yen-Yen vase. Qing dynasty, Kangxi period. photo Sotheby's

the gracefully potted baluster form surmounted by a long cylindrical neck everting to a trumpet-shaped mouth, brilliantly decorated in gilding on a mottled cobalt-blue ground with different shaped cartouches, all except one enclosing a bird perched on a branch surrounded by foliage and the other with a swimming fish, all reserved on a fine gilt ground of scrolling lotus flowers with a band of lappets around the base and keyfret scroll around the neck; height 18 in., 45.7 cm - Estimate 30,000—50,000 USD. Lot Sold 46,875 USD

PROVENANCE: Christie's New York, 2nd December 1989, lot 398.

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A fine powder-blue-and gilt-decorated, Rouleau vase. Qing dynasty, Kangxi period. photo Sotheby's

of well-potted form, the slightly cylindrical body surmounted by a columnar neck with galleried rim, richly decorated in gilding on the overall brilliant blue ground, with circular and foliate-shaped panels each enclosing landscapes, flowers and passages of prose, all in reserve on a gilt ground itself reserved with a dense scrolling floral pattern and lotus flowers, a band of lappets around the base, a floral frieze reserved with vignettes with scholars' objects encircling the angled shoulders, the neck decorated with stylized shou  character medallions between narrow formal bands; height 17 3/4 in., 45.1 cm . Estimate 30,000—50,000 USD. Lot Sold 37,500 USD

PROVENANCE: Christie's New York, 2nd December 1989, lot 397.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 23 Mar 11. New York www.sothebys.com