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Copper red glazed globular form bowl, sold at £40,000 at Dreweatts.

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Measuring 5½in (13.5cm), it came for sale from a private French collection with a guide of just £300-500 but sold at £40,000.

Pieces with this rich, even jihong glaze are typically associated with the experimental Yongzheng period.

A similar mark and period box with a cover (missing to Dreweatts’ example) sold at Christie’s this year for £50,000.