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Rare pair of Chinese blue and white facetted hexagonal vases, Kangxi (1662-1722), the body decorated with alternating panels of a ‘Long Eliza’ in a fenced garden and flowers in a jardieniere on a stand with precious Daoist emblems, against a cracked ice ground, the long neck with florets between stylised lappet bands, the spreading foot with ruyi shaped panels, the bases with the letter ‘G’ in underglaze blue. Christiaan Jörg supports the theory of the 'G’ mark belonging to a particular person, probably a Dutch merchant in the 17th century, citing the similar use of a single initial to a group of blue and white Japanese apothecary bottles (see Jörg, ‘Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: The Ming and Qing Dynasties’, p. 259). A pair of 'G'-marked bottles with a similar pattern but in famille-verte is also in the Rijksmuseum. Another blue and white pair are in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Collection No. LL 6450-51-52. Chinese porcelain with such marks are very rare and of high quality decoration.