A rare pair of painted enamel dishes
Qianlong six-character marks and of the period
Each enamelled on the interior with a gathering of four smiling scholars in a pine grove, two conversing as one rests his arm on a pile of books and scrolls, beside a third carrying a staff from which a double-gourd hangs while a fourth leans back to watch two boys carrying books and a fly-whisk approach over a bridge, the exterior each with four blue scrolling three-clawed dragons. Each 16.5cm (6½in) diam. (2).