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A large blue and white potiche and cover, Kangxi. Estimate £3,000 – 5,000 (€4,000 – 6,700). Photo Bonhams.

The circular jar painted to the exterior with large lappet panels alternately enclosing wisteria, camellia sprays and insects between a peacock feather band at the foot and flowerheads at the mouth rim, the base with an artemisia leaf, the lid similarly decorated and with a green-glazed lion finial. 32cm (12 5/8in) high (2).

Provenance: purchased from A. Aronson, Amsterdam in 1961.

Note: The distinctive cross-hatched style of painting on the present lot was short lived but can be seen on many covered beakers from the cargo of the Vung Tau wreck (c. 1690), also see a covered beaker, circa 1700, in the Rijksmuseum collection C.J.A. Jorg, Chinese Ceramics…, Philip Wilson 1997. However the pattern on large size potiches appears to be extremely rare. A green-glazed lion finial, rather than the usual gilt biscuit, or underglaze blue decorated types, seems to also be an unusual embellishment.

Bonhams. ASIAN ART, 25 Feb 2015 10:30 GMT – LONDON, KNIGHTSBRIDGE