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A blue and white cistern and cover, Kangxi periodEstimate $15,000 – $25,000. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2015

The flat-backed cistern painted with a Chinese landscape, the sides decorated with deer under a tree, with boar’s head handles, the sloping cover surmounted by a large, cold-painted, seated qilin, the front of the cistern inset with a metal tap; 24 in. (61 cm.) high

Christie’s. MANDARIN & MENAGERIE: THE SOWELL COLLECTION AND CHINESE EXPORT ART FROM VARIOUS OWNERS, 26 January 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

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