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A large pair of  Biscuit-glazed famille verte Buddhist Lions, Kangxi period. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

The seated lions modeled with open jaws, revealing their fangs and red tongues, their bodies richly decorated with molded manes and breasts and legs, while their heads are applied with colorful curly hair and eyebrows and their ears are veined as leaves while their spines are decorated with yellow spotted bamboo above a notch to hold a removable tail, gilt shou medallions between their bulging eyes, fitted wood stands; 12½ in. (31.7 cm.) high, the porcelain (2) - Estimate $25,000 - $40,000

Notes: These exceptionally well-modeled beasts were made separately from whatever base they originally sat on, and without the pups or brocade ball that, perhaps later in the period, became conventional for the type

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A pair of  Biscuit-glazed famille verte Buddhist Lions, 19th century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

After the Kangxi model, with cream-glazed bodies and green, yellow and black fur details, their foreheads centered with a shou medallion and their jaws open revealing teeth and tongue, the male with brocade ball and the female with green pup; 14½ in. (36.8 cm.) high (2) - Estimate $10,000 - $15,000

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A Biscuit-glazed famille verte "Piggyback" group, Kangxi period. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

The laughing older brother wearing brown jacket and standing on a splash-glazed base, his younger brother holding a sprig of sacred fungus, his trousers cut to reveal his bottom, the well-modeled heads clear-glazed; 9 in. (22.8 cm.) high - Estimate $8,000 - $12,000

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A Biscuit-glazed famille verte Shrimp Ewer and Cover, Kangxi period. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

The shrimp rising from frothy waves molded with fish, an aubergine crab under the curving handle and an aubergine seed pod under the spout, the cover molded as another seed pod; 8 in. (20.3 cm.) high (2) - Estimate $4,000 - $6,000

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A Biscuit-glazed famille verte seated dignitary, Kangxi period. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

Seated formally before a tripod screen and holding a sceptre, his face and elaborate, tall hat left in the biscuit, the back glazed green and centered by an arched aperture; 11½ in. (29.2 cm.) high - Estimate $4,000 - $6,000

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A Biscuit-glazed famille verte bull's head rython, Kangxi period. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

Splash-glazed with "egg and spinach" green, yellow, brown and cream glazes, molded with a tether wrapped around his well-defined horns; 4¾ in. (12 cm.) long - Estimate $3,000 - $5,000

Provenance: With Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York.

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A Biscuit-glazed famille verte Guandi. Kangxi period. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

The god of war standing fiercely on a platform base, one fist raised and a swirling beard below his scowling face, wearing patterned armor over his big black boots; 11¼ in. (28.5 cm.) high - Estimate $2,000 - $3,000

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A Biscuit-glazed famille verte stand, Kangxi period. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

The ruyi-head shaped top decorated with flowering plants on a cream-colored ground and raised on tripod legs patterned in aubergine and black, 8¼ in. (20.9 cm.) wide -Estimate $1,500 - $2,500

Christie's.  Chinese Export Art , 25 January 2011, New York, Rockefeller Plaza www.christies.com