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A powder blue-ground and gilt-decorated rouleau vase, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Estimate £5,000 – £8,000 ($7,985 – $12,776). Unsold. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014

The vase is decorated in gilt to the exterior with two rectangular panels, one containing flowering peony branches beside two ducks and the other with three large chrysanthemum blooms, all between further chrysanthemum scrolls, and pomegranate-form cartouches enclosing fish, shrimp and various foliage. The neck is decorated with four phoenix roundels. 16 ½ in. (41.9 cm.) high

Christie’s. CHINESE CERAMICS, WORKS OF ART AND TEXTILES PART I, 4 November 2014, London, South Kensington