Height: 4" Diameter 3 5/8" From The Collections of Mike and Annie Gaither, US Navy 1959-1982. ACQUIRED FROM: Christie's New York, 22nd March 1999, lot 68. Sotheby's New York, Important Chinese Works of Art, 17- 18 MARCH 2015 With a sense of duty for his country Mike joined the US Navy in 1959 the idea was to see the world and obtain an education that would propel his future. The opportunity to become part of the submarine fleet was compelling and once involved it became his career path of choice. In 1964 he married his lifelong partner Annie Nix. And to this day they are still happily married. While in the Navy he specialized in communication and electronic repair and was able to obtain the rank of Radioman Chief Petty Officer during his time in the service he supervised crews of up to 25 in high speed communications, repair and records and Department Chief coordinating 8 repair divisions. Analyzing commands to discover systemic difficulties and training to resolve difficulties. Additional fields include intercultural and race relations, Drug and Alcohol training. With a long career in the Navy his desire to visit many foreign countries was fulfilled. His desire to be a leader in the open markets directed his path into the pastoral leadership where he was able to train and work with people in Italy Guam Saipan, Northern Marianas Islands, Republic of Palau, with visits to such countries Germany, and Asian Countries. With the opportunity to be in such places also provided the knowledge and ability to obtain collectables from the area. Reaching a point where one feels that it is time to downsize and realign their assets this has opened the door for others to add these items into their private collection. The quality is exceptional, pristine and highly sought after. The Collections of Mike and Annie Gaither presented and offered up to auctions from Lot-140 through Lot-153, continued from Lot-268 through Lot-324, continued from Lot-415 through Lot-429, and Lot-439. A PAIR OF CLOISONNE BUTTER LAMPS MING DYNASTY, 16TH / 17TH CENTURY each with slightly flared straight sides above a narrow beaded stem supported on a domed base, the exterior with classic stylized lotus scroll above a narrow band of chilong, the stem with a central band of small florets between ruyi heads and pendant leaves, the base with further lotus over a band of lappets encircling the foot, the interior of the cups and base gilt (2). Christies New York, 22nd March 1999, lot 68. Sothebys New York, Important Chinese Works of Art, 17- 18 MARCH 2015 In Excellent condition over all. All lots are sold as is and where is. Lauren Galleries provides condition reports upon request to aide in your bidding decision. No statement regarding age, condition, kind, value, or quality of a lot, whether made orally at the auction or at any other time, or in writing in this catalog or elsewhere, shall be construed to be an express or implied warranty, representation, or assumption of liability. All sales are final, Lauren Galleries does not give refunds based on condition. Lauren Galleries does not perform any shipping or packing services.