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A celadon glazed slip-decorated oviform vase, Underglaze-blue Qianlong seal mark and of the Period. Estimate £4,000 – 6,000 (€5,300 – 8,000). Photo Bonhams.

Decorated in white slip with a bird perched on a leafy branch and butterflies in flight above lingzhi, narcissus and leafy, berried plants, reticulated hardwood stand. 40cm (15.3/4in) high.

Provenance: The Everts-Calvocoressi-Comnène Collection of Chinese Art, London; Robert Everts was the Ambassadorial Envoy to Beijing from 1910 to 1916 and again from 1920 to 1924, and thence by descent.

Irène Logan’s parents, Robert Everts and Alexandra, née Calvocoressi-Comnène, formed their collections of Chinese ceramics and works of art during Robert Everts service as the Belgian Ambassadorial Envoy to Beijing from 1910 to 1916 and again from 1920 to 1924. These included lacquer, furniture, porcelain, carved jade and hardstones. The Everts-Calvocoressi-Comnène collections included textiles of which a set of 8 kesi is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum; and an album of Chinese decorative motifs drawn by Alexandra Comnène-Everts, a talented artist and pupil of Anders Zorn, is now in the British Library. The collectors’ interest extended beyond Chinese Art and their discernment in Mexican textiles and metalwork has also been recognised in museum collections in England as in the Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City. Alexandra Calvocoressi-Comnène’s bridal tiara commissioned from Cartier in Paris in 1913 is displayed in the Bollinger Jewellery gallery of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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

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