London, South Kensington
5 December 2002
A Chinese blue and white baluster vase
with flaring neck, decorated with kingfishers and ducks on a riverbank among lotus sprays and reeds, the shoulder with an anhua decorated band of scrolling foliage, the foot with a bird among cloud scrolls and further lotus and trailing, flowering branches -- 17in. (43cms) high, (crack to neck).
Provenance: From the collection of The Earl of Longford, Packenham Hall, Co. Westmeath, Eire, James Adams, Dublin, December 14th, 1962.
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Please note the rim of this vase has been slightly ground down.
The designer and decorator shows us around his Santa Monica HQ, and enthuses over the forthcoming Rooms as Portraits auctions in London and New York
Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘