London, South Kensington
13 May 1999
A Chinese export armorial teacaddy
painted and gilt with a central coat of arms and the motto 'Virtute et Amicitia' below a spearhead border around the neck -- 4in. (11.5cm.) high, circa 1765.
The arms are of Jervis quarterly of six.
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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‘