Superb collection of Chinese export porcelain offered at Bonhams Fine Chinese Art sale

Bonhams will offer a distinguished European private collection of Chinese export porcelain at its Fine Chinese Art sale in New Bond Street, London on Thursday 16 May. The highlight of the collection is a very fine and rare pair of famille rose 'goose' tureens and covers, Qianlong, circa 1760, estimated at £150,000-200,000. Goose tureens are exceptionally rare due to their extremely delicate forms and the difficulty involved in both modelling and firing them successfully, as well as transporting them back to Europe. Animal tureens such as the pair of geese were used as extravagant centrepieces for table settings fashionable in Europe in the 18th century. Such tureens were made in a variety of animal forms including boar-heads and crabs (such as a pair of small famille rose boar-head tureens and covers and a rare polychrome crab

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