Two blue-ground gilt-decorated 'Antiques' vase, Guangxu marks and period (1875-1908)

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Lot 241. Two blue-ground gilt-decorated 'Antiques' vase, Guangxu marks and period (1875-1908). Height 15 in., 38.1 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USDLot sold 46,875 USD. © Sotheby's

each globular body rising from a short straight foot to a ribbed shoulder and tall waisted neck with flaring rim, gilt-decorated around the body and neck with precious antique objects and floral medallions, the shoulder with a lotus strapwork and shou-character band, all reserved on a rich purplish-blue ground, six-character mark in gilding (2)

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York, 19 march 2013