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The teapot lid is decorated with a a peach and pip form finial and is believed to be Qianlong mark and period.

The 5.1in (13cm) ceramic came from a local private collection to Dorchester auction house Duke’s earlier this year. 

It was hammered down to a buyer on the phone after a battle against other phone bidders and in the room.

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A rare Qianlong celadon-glaze pear-shaped teapot has set a record for Asian art week this season selling for a hammer price of £800,000 at Duke’s of Dorchester.

Its rare shape and the peach finial enhances its attractiveness - the peach is a symbol of long life.

Buyer’s premium was 25%.