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A large pair of iron-red ewers. Kangxi period. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2011

Decorated with an overall pattern of scrolling chrysanthemum vine on the washy iron-red ground, a row of overlapping white petals around the bases and flowers at the molded neck band and rim; 11¼ in. (28.5 cm.) high (2) - Estimate $12,000 - $18,000

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A rare "clobbered" copper red vase, 18th century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2011

The pear-shaped body painted in underglaze copper-red with Buddhist lions and then enameled in Holland with three European figures brandishing swords in a landscape of flowering plants; 7¼ in. (18.4 cm.) high - Estimate $4,000 - $6,000

Notes: For a similarly decorated example in the British Museum, see Ayers, Impey and Mallet, Porcelain for Palaces, no. 183, p. 193.

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