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A very rare Suzhou white jade oval pendant. 17th/18th century

Finely carved on one side with a man seated fishing on a river bank framed by rock faces and a pine branch overhead, the mist at the top trailing onto the reverse where it obscures the upper trunk of a broad paulownia tree carved in low relief in running script with a five-character inscription with two seals reading, zi gang, the stone of even tone and softly polished, attached to a red cord wrapped with seed pearls and strung with a lapis bead carved with two peaches - Pendant 2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) long, box - Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 - Price Realized: $120,100

Christie's. Masterworks of Ancient and Imperial China. 17 September 2008. New York, Rockefeller Plaza. www.christies.com