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Lot 24


Qing, decorated with peonies against a blue ground, with bronze handles to the shoulders in the form of qilin, 55.5cm high x 40cm wide

Provenance: Thomas Child (1841 – 1898) was a pioneering photographer who produced a large body of photographs during his time in Beijing during the 1870’s. He was close to the Emperor and the court. The family believe a number of objects were gifts from the Imperial family.

Condition Report: click here
Estimate: £2,000 - £4,000
Hammer price: £2,600
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

This fine moonflask exhibits some wear consistent with its age. There are small areas of enamel loss, most notably to both sides of the flask, one loss perhaps being caused by a dent there. There is some deterioration/pitting to the enamel work, mainly around the neck and the foot. The gilt metal is tarnished/discoloured in areas and there are scratches and marks apparent. Both dragon shoulder mounts are very slightly loose with slightly bent tails. 

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