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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.<br />
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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.<br />
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The beautiful plaques show images of flowers, birds, and symbols and are framed by 12 leaves made from huanghuali wood.<br />
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Screens were often used for decorative purposes and stood behind the thrones to show luxury and power.<br />
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It has been owned by an Italian family for the last 40 years who are now selling it through Bonhams auctions in London.