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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

Probably South China, Fujian province

Four figures of seated boys

18th century or earlier

RCIN 58862

Chinese Lobby, Windsor Castle

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Chinese porcelain figures of seated boys, like these, have been recovered from trading ships wrecked in the South China Sea in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The ships were probably en route to the islands of south-east Asia, where the Chinese communities living there would have valued the figures as wish tokens for the birth of a male heir. These particular examples were probably bought by George IV for his sumptuous Chinese and Japanese interiors at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton.