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Bonhams to sell Imperial Chinese jar recalling Emperor with 99 sons who adopted one more to make 100

LONDON.- A beautiful blue and white jar decorated with boys at play that tells a very human story with links to royalty, is estimated to sell for £300,000 to £500,000 at Bonhams sale of fine Chinese Art on November 10th in New Bond Street, London. This magnificent large blue and white ‘boys’ jar, with a six-character mark of the Jiajing period is superbly painted in vivid blue on a white background. Its decorations show a continuous scene of sixteen boys engaged in various leisurely pursuits. Among the images is a boy impersonating a school master seated before a screen painting with a boy seated at a table before him reading a book, another boy holds a large lotus leaf above the head of his companion who is riding a hobby-horse, another boy rides in a cart towed by a friend and three boys gathered around a table look intensely at fighting crickets. The auspicious design of boys represents the theme of welcoming sons. The d