A cinnabar lacquer 'prunus' box and cover. Ming dynasty, 16th century. photo Sotheby's

of compressed circular form, the cover carved in high relief with a prunus blossom spray amid drifting cloud swirls, the box resting on a slightly countersunk base and similarly decorated with a prunus spray and cloud swirls, the interiors lacquered black - 8.3 cm., 3 1/4 in. Est. 50,000—70,000 HKD. Lot Sold 87,500 HKD

PROVENANCE: A Private Japanese Collection.

Sotheby's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART. 08 Apr 10. Hong Kong