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<p>Blue-and-white. Clay: fine white porcelain. Glaze: transparent, high fired. Decoration: in underglaze cobalt blue; fruit and floral sprays inside and out. Six-character Hsuan-te mark on base. One of a pair with F1952.17.</p>
<p>Polychrome. Vase: bottle shaped, handles on neck. Clay: fine-grained, hard, pure white, very thin. Glaze: high-fired, perfectly transparent. Decoration: outside, except handles and foot, an even coat of opaque pink enamel on which are chrysanthemums, fruit, and butterflies in enamels of the “famille rose.” On the foot, a four-character mark of the Yung-cheng period in …</p>