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A fine blue and white 'qilin' saucer dish. Shunzhi, four-character mark Yu tang jia qi (fine vessel for the Jade Hall).  Photo Bonhams

Boldly painted in a soft blue across the entire interior with a large crouching qilin facing backwards and emitting fire scrolls from its open jaws, beside a large plantain tree. 35.5cm (14in) diam. Estimate: £10,000 - 15,000, CNY 99,000 - 150,000, HK$ 120,000 - 180,000

Provenance: Fiorentini Collection, no.AC26

Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, 10 Nov 2011, New Bond Street  www.bonhams.com