Chinese Gilt-Bronze Brush Rest . Possibly Ming.  photo courtesy Doyle New York

Cast as a dragon, the sinuous body incised with long hair and mane detailing, split tail. Length 5 1/2 inches. average gilt wear. Two small holes under neck where the piece may have fitted onto a base. No breaks or cracks. Estimate $3,000-5,000

Doyle New York. Asian Works of Art. Monday, March 21, 2011 www.doylenewyork.com