19 November 1996
An Imari part-dinner service,
Painted in underglaze blue, iron-red, sepia and gilt with an overall decoration of two squirrels, one climbing a grapevine branch and the other one eating grapes on pierced rockwork situated beside a peony tree, comprising:
Four oval tureens and covers, 30cm. wide
One oval dish, 41cm. wide
Three oval dishes, 40cm. wide
Two deep circular dishes, 39cm. diam.
Two circular dishes, 42cm. diam.
One circular dish, 39cm. diam.
Two circular dishes, 38.5cm. diam.
One circular dish, 33cm. diam.
Three saucer-dishes, 26cm. diam.
Three sauceboats, 19cm. wide
Four circular salts, 6.8cm. diam.
Eighteen soup-plates, 23cm. diam.
Thirteen plates, 22.5cm. diam.
(some cracks, chips and repair) (57)
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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‘