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A pair of  yellow-ground famille rose  'medallion' bowls. Daoguang Seal Marks And Period. Photo Sotheby's

each with rounded sides rising from a tapered foot to a lipped rim, enamelled to the exterior with three gilt-edged medallions each enclosing a fruiting tree, divided by vases of peony branches with various auspicious objects, all reserved on a bright lemon-yellow ground incised with feathery scrolls, the interior decorated in underglaze blue with a central medallion enclosing three rams encircled on the well by four detached fruiting and flowering sprays suspending Buddhist Emblems, inscribed to the base with a six-character Daoguang seal mark  Quantity: 2 - 14.8cm., 5 7/8 in. Estimate 30,000-50,000. Lot Sold: 121,250 GBP

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A pair of  yellow-ground famille rose  'medallion' bowls. Daoguang Seal Marks And Period. Photo Sotheby's

each with deep rounded sides rising from a short foot to a slightly flaring rim, the exterior painted in bright enamels with four gilt-bordered circular medallions enclosing precious objects including vases holding sprigs of peony blooms, bowls of cherries, toy ships, dice and animal puppets, all divided by stylised lotus issuing from scrolled leafy stems against a lemon-yellow ground, the interior decorated with a central gilt-edged medallion enclosing a garden scene with a kite hanging on peony and prunus branches, the rim with a band of alternating iron-red peony and lotus florets on leafy scrolls, inscribed to the base with a six-character Daoguang seal mark in iron-red  Quantity: 2 - 14.8cm., 5 7/8 in. Estimatez 20,000-30,000 GBP. Unsold

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