London, South Kensington
27 May 1999
A Hirado blue and white cylindrical vase modelled as a bamboo section
with moulded dragon to the rim and flaming pearl to the mid section, painted to the lower body with foaming waves -- 10in. (26.6cms) high, 19th century.
See Colour Plate 7.
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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‘