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A clair-de-lune carved archaistic bottle vase, 18th-19th century. Photo Bonhams

The rounded body carved with a central band with four pairs of stylised phoenix issuing from archaistic squared scrolls between two narrow bands of incised key-fret, the straight neck with stiff upward-pointing lappets and stylised taotie masks at the mouth, the exterior all covered with a delicate pale blue glaze pooling at the recesses and reaching into the interior of the neck, 41.8cm (16 1/2in) high. Estimate £10,000 - 15,000 (€12,000 - 18,000)

Provenance: a Swiss private collection

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE ART. London, New Bond Street, 15 May 2014 - www.bonhams.com