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With a compressed body, straight neck and two loop handles, its strong bold form and rich, even glaze ensured it was taken well beyond its £5000-8000 pre-sale guideline, selling to the Hong Kong trade at £72,000.

Also of note was a Wanli six-character mark and period wucai baluster jar. Decoratively painted in blue, green, iron red and yellow with a procession of boys playing with a toy pagoda on wheels, it fetched £40,000 from a London dealer.