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Lot 173. A gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel 'Lion' vase, Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century; H. 22.2 cm, 8¾ inEstimate: 6,000 - 8,000 EUR. Lot sold: 7,560 EUR. Courtesy Sotheby's.

depicting four multi-coloured Buddhist lions frolicking among auspicious items and vying for beribboned brocade balls, above four celestial horses galloping on a wavy sea and beneath a band of white-ground lappets and ruyi borders encircling the shoulder, the neck decorated with lotus heads, all reserved on a turquoise ground inlaid with scrolling clouds extending onto the base.

Property from a French private collection, South-East France.

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Lot 182. A rare small gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamels 'three friends' brushpot, Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century; 7 cm, 2¾ inEstimate: 3,000 - 5,000 EUR. Lot sold: 3,780 EUR. Courtesy Sotheby's.

decorated with pine, prunus and bamboo evoking the ‘three friends of winter’.

Property from a French private collection, Rhône-Alpes.

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Lot 183. A gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamels horse harness set, Late Ming-Early Qing dynasty, 17th century; 3.1 cm to 12 cm, 1¼ in. to 4¾ inEstimate: 3,000 - 5,000 EUR. Lot sold: 1,260 EUR. Courtesy Sotheby's.

decorated with archaic dragons chilong on a light blue ground.

Property from a French private collection, Rhône-Alpes.

Sotheby's. Arts d'Asie, Paris, 10 juin 2021