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This Chinese Imperial blue-ground zhadou, bearing a period six-character Yongzheng mark, is estimated at £30,000-50,000 in the May 22-23 Woolley & Wallis auction.

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A collection of Chinese art, unseen on the market for nearly a century, will kick off Woolley & Wallis’ two-day Asia fest in Salisbury on May 22-23.

The 29-lot group has passed by descent from the family of Prof John Norman Collie (1859-1942), a British scientist, mountaineer and explorer. Much of Collie’s original collection was sold at Sotheby’s in a dedicated two-day sale in 1943.

The financial star of the group is a5in (12.5cm) high Chinese Imperial blue-ground zhadou, bearing a period six-character Yongzheng mark. Another blue-ground zhadou from the same period is found in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum.

Estimate £30,000-50,000.

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