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PAIR CHINESE 'DOWAGER EMPRESS DAYAZHAI' TYPE PORCELAIN VASES, 20th Century, shouldered form with fixed ring lion mask handles, painted en grisaille and white enamel to a yellow ground with sinuous 4-clawed dragon amid flowering chrysanthemum and hibiscus (denoting Autumn), gilt highlights, 20.5cms h (2)
Provenance: Private collection North Wales
Auctioneer's Note: this type of decoration is associated with the Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) and is known from five or six designs based on her own paintings, found on dinner wares and narcissus pots for her exclusive use during late Tongzhi and early Guangxu. Of the 100 original period porcelains made, only a handful remain, and those that do appear on the market are late Guangxu, Republic or later.
Comments: one with two small rim chips, both with rubbed gilt rims and handles, one handle with glaze chip, both slightly wobbly, bases lack any reign or seal marks.
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