A pair of  blue and white 'Soldier' Vases .  Qing dynasty, Qianlong periodPhoto Sotheby's

each baluster body painted around the sides with large peony and magnolia blossoms issuing from ornamental rockwork enclosed within a fence, with butterflies and insects in flight above, all above lappet borders at the foot, the neck painted with ruyi-form motifs suspending chrysanthemums, peonies and ribboned brocade balls, and reserved on a dense ground of cloud swirls and florets, with a keyfret border at the rim, later painted wood covers 4.0; 105cm, 41 1/4 in. Estimate 60,000-80,000 GBP. Unsold

PROVENANCE: The Viceroys of Portuguese India.
The collection of Dom Luis Caetano de Castro e Almeida, later Count of Nova-Goa, brought to Portugal in the mid-
19th century.
By descent to the current Count of Nova-Goa.

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