Height: 11 5/8" Width: 8 1/2" Stand: Height: 4" Width: 7 3/8" From The Collections of Mike and Annie Gaither, US Navy 1959-1982. 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 Chinese Qing Dynasty porcelain moon flask vase. Is shape means embracing the moon and consists of a circular flattened body signifying the moon, a flat base, cylindrical neck and 2 applied handles which arch gracefully, descend on either side to create an embrace between neck and body and terminate into a pair of ruyi. The unusual neck is composed of 2 parts a small tubular collar which is topped by a garlic bulb or garlic mouth. In some dialects, the sounds for carp and perch sound the same as incorruptible This stoutly-potted blue and white vase has an elongated garlic bulb head and handles. The designs are executed in vibrant cobalt onto a white ground .A band of stylized lotus and vine winds around the middle of the neck. The body design is identical on both sides and features a carp and mandarin fish swimming among lotus plants, clusters of waterweed and scattered floating blossoms. A reign mark is present on the upper edge. A custom 2 piece cradle-shaped hardwood stand is pegged and provides attractive support for this interesting piece. Xuande Reign, Ming Dynasty 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.