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A flambe-glazed Pear-shaped Vase, fanghu. Incised Guangxu Mark and Period. Photo Sotheby's

of archaic bronze form, the pear-shaped body of square section and moulded with a peach-shaped panel to the front and back face, rising to a broad neck with indented corners and flanked by tubular handles, covered with a rich streaked red glaze deepening in tone towards the corner edges where the glaze thins to a pale colour, the square-cut base unglazed and incised with a six-character Guangxu mark; 29.8cm., 11 3/4 in. Estimate  6,000-8,000 GBP

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. London | 09 Nov 2011 www.sothebys.com