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An ovoid-shaped Chinese Ming period porcelain jar painted in rich blue around the sides with two five-clawed dragons among clouds and with rocks and waves below.  Round the shoulder a stylised shou (long life character) seems to grow out of the lotus

Extraordinary Chinese and Japanese Works of Art in the Royal Collection

China [Asia]

Chinese Boat Model c.1800

RCIN 3230

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The tiny details on this elaborate boat include an orchestra of seven players, tiny flower pots with green foliage and an official sitting at a table with a tea bowl. Boats like this could be seen on the river around the port of Canton (Guangzhou), and models in ivory had become popular in the West by the nineteenth century. George IV (1762–1830) displayed several such boats at his seaside home, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton.