A Rare and Unusual Pair of Chinese Export Porcelain Famille-Rose Baluster Vases and Covers. Qing Dynasty, circa 1740. Photo Sotheby's

each of inverted pear form, brightly enameled around the body in trompe l'oeil style with a blue and pink brocade sash, tied to secure a basket of flowers suspended from a gnarled walking stick, butterflies, floral medallions and flower stalks, the sash superimposed with a further basket of flowers, floral medallions and flower stalks, the shoulder and cover painted in gilding with grape and morning-glory vines, all surmounted by a lotus bud-finial. Height 24 in. 61 cm - Estimate 80,000-120,000 USD

NOTE: It is rare to find a pair of vases with this type of decoration. One similar vase sold at Christie's London, June 27, 1977, lot 51.

Sotheby's. Property from the Estate of Brooke Astor. New York | 24 sept. 2012 www.sothebys.com