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A rare 200-year-old decorative screen that was originally owned by a Chinese emperor has come to light and is set to fetch £1.2 million at auction.
The stunning Imperial object was owned by the Jiaqing Emperor, who reigned from 1796 to 1820 and features 64 porcelain panels which are decorated with scenes of Daoist Immortals - images that represent good fortune and longevity.
The beautiful plaques show images of flowers, birds, and symbols and are framed by 12 leaves made from huanghuali wood.
Screens were often used for decorative purposes and stood behind the thrones to show luxury and power.
It has been owned by an Italian family for the last 40 years who are now selling it through Bonhams auctions in London.