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A blue and white ‘Peony’ vase, Kangxi periodEstimate $6,000 – $9,000. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2015

Painted in vibrant tones of cobalt blue with a web of lappet-shaped cartouches enclosing peony blooms surrounded by scrolling foliage, the underside with an artemisia leaf; 16½ in. (41.9 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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