20 November 2002
A famille rose cylindrical vase
Of tapering form surmounted by a trumpet neck, densily painted with butterflies amidst sprays of peony, lotus, prunus, lingzhi and bamboo, reserved on an iron-red whorl-pattern ground, all above a lappet border around the base
26 cm. diam.
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