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A cloisonné enamel beaker vase, zun, Ming dynasty, 16th century. Estimate 40,00060,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby’s

the central bulbous section rising from a stepped flaring foot to a tall trumpet neck, set with notched gilt-bronze flanges at the sides, the central bulb and flared foot brightly decorated with wide bands of taotiemasks, the neck with upright plantain leaves enclosing dissolved taotie masks between pairs of confrontingkui dragons above and a band of stylised mythical beasts below, the foot encircled by a band of ruyi clouds alternating with bamboo leaves, the interior rim decorated with a wide band of undulating lotus scroll; 28cm., 11in.

Sotheby’s. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Londres | 05 nov. 2014, 10:00 AM