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An aubergine-glazed dish, Qianlong Mark And Period. Photo Sotheby's

the curved sides rising from a short foot to a flared rim, applied overall with a brilliant aubergine glaze, the base incised with a six-character mark in three vertical columns within a double-circle; 21.2cm., 8 3/8 in. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP. Lot Sold: 5,000 GBP

PROVENANCE: Purchased in France, 1986.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. London | 15 May 2013 - www.sothebys.com