A pair of lobed baluster vases. Elaborately decorated in the famille verte palette with two rows of shaped panels on the bodies enclosing scenes of birds and flowers to the top row and qilins along the bottom row. The qilin was a mythical beast that appears, according to the Confucian tradition, during the reign of wise and virtuous rulers. The necks are elaborately decorated with the 100 Chinese antiquities. China, Kangxi period (1162 – 1722) Height 32 cm Condition: both vases with a circular piece centrally removed from the underside for mounting. The original pieces have been reinserted.