A 4ft (1.2m) high vase made in the late 19th century estimated at $10,000-15,000 at Tremont auctions in Newton, Massachusetts.

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It is decorated with white slip animals, flowers and pagodas on a dark blue ground. The vase has passed down by descent through the family of the American banker Morris Ketchum Jesup (1830-1908), who was president of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

It was kept at Jesup’s summer home, Belvoir Terrace, in Lenox, Massachusetts.

It is estimated at $10,000-15,000.