Lot 851. A blue and white lotus ewer, Late Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century; 10 in. (25.4 cm.) highEstimate: USD 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price realised USD 12,500© Christie's 2021

The pear-shaped ewer is decorated in shades of underglaze blue with seven bands of various motifs, including lotus scroll and galloping horses. The spout emerges from the open mouth of a mythical beast, and the base is inscribed with an apocryphal Xuande mark.

Provenance: Vallin Galleries, Wilton, Connecticut, 1980s-90s.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 23-24 september 2021