Bonham’s: 15th Century Sleeper OR a headache?

Bonhams Asian Art 12 May 2014 London, Knightsbridge

Top selling lot was anhua ‘phoenix’ incised pear-shaped vase which sold at £50,000 against a £1,ooo estimate…

Bonhams Description An anhua ‘phoenix’ incised pear-shaped vase 18th/19th century. With slender, flaring neck, incised to the body with two phoenix in flight amongst cloud scrolls, above a band of lappets to the foot, covered in a pale creamy blue glaze.
30.5cm (12in) high.

Property from the Collection of Jacques and Galila Hollander

Estimate £1000

Sold for £50,000 inc. premium 

Obviously 2 buyers were convinced this was not an 18th/19th century vase as described but maybe an early Ming dynasty very rare Tianbai-glazed anhua decorated yuhuchunping vase, which if was the case would be worth £1,000,000 plus. But looking at the photograph the vase does not have the elegance of form compared to a genuine Hongwu/Yongle piece. (Pic Below) So someones in for a headache.

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Are the 3 pieces shown below all 18th century?

All described as 19th or 20th century!

An Yixing figurative incense burner and cover 19th or 20th century Sold for £20,000 inc. premium

Potted as a foreigner holding a spray of lingzhi atop a caparisoned elephant, embellished with lapis, coral, glass and hardstone beads, the clay incised to naturalistically render the folds of skin.
15.3cm (6in) wide (2).

Property from the Collection of Jacques and Galila Hollander

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A pair of Yixing-type hexagonal baluster vases and covers 19th century Sold for £18,125 inc. premium

Both vases with gilt-decorated applied designs to each face, including peach branches, pine trees, narcissus, tree peony and prunus, the necks similarly embellished but additionally with finger citron and pomegranate, the covers with flowerbud finials and a radiating lappet leaf collar.
Each: 45cm (17 3/4in) high (4).

Property from the Collection of Jacques and Galila Hollander

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A large Yixing type archaistic form vase 19th or 20th century Sold for £16,250 inc. premium

A large Yixing type archaistic form vase simulating bronze, the baluster form body decorated in relief with bands of archaistic dragons on key fret grounds, the neck flanked by two humanoid and curvilinear handles, the shoulder with a band of ruyi heads. 48cm (18.7/8in) high.

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