A Transitional blue and white slender cylindrical brush holder. Circa 1640.  Photo Bonhams

Delicately pencilled on one side with a boy riding a buffalo beside a large cluster of pine issuing from the banks of a river within delicately incised brocade-style borders, wood stand. 14.5cm  (5¾in) high (2). Estimate: £10,000 - 12,000, CNY 99,000 - 20,000, HK$ 120,000 - 140,000

Provenance: George and Cornelia Wingfield-Digby, Dorset, purchased from S.Marchant and Son,  London, 1975
S.Marchant and Son, London
The Harriet Szechenyi Collection, Switzerland

Exhibited: S.Marchant and Son, Ming Blue and White: Jiajing-Chongzhen including dated examples, November 2004, no.76

Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, 10 Nov 2011, New Bond Street  www.bonhams.com