London, South Kensington
6 September 2007
A Chinese famille rose 'millefleurs' medallion bottle vase, early 20th century
the globular body enamelled with medallions enclosing figures engaged in leisurely pursuits including He Xiangu and Lan Caihe, an immortal beside a bull and an attendant watching a smoking double gourd, two dignitaries playing weiqi and two men closing a basket containing cash and a bat, below the tall neck with dignitaries and attendants within quatrefoil cartouches, all reserved on a basket weave millefeurs ground, iron-red six character Qianlong mark -- 12 7/8in. (32.7cm.) high.
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