A Large Carnelian agate carved double Vase. Qing dynasty, 19th century

The snowy white stone carved in the round depicting the sections of a large and small tree, with a crane standing grasping a lingzhi sprig in its beak, the reverse with bamboo, the deep orange-red inclusion cleverly carved with pine branches and peaches borne from thick branches, above a lingzhi fungus spray, carved wood stand (2) - height 5 1/4 in., 13.3 cm - 7,000—9,000 USD - Adjugé 11,875 USD

PROVENANCE : Ashkenazie & Co (according to label).

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art including Chinese and Japanese Art from The Collection of Frieda and Milton Rosenthal. 16 Sep 08. www.sotheby's.com