A group of eight hardstone seals. Photo Bonhams.

Together comprising a partial set of the twelve zodiac figures, each of small square section surmounted by an incised and undercut animal finial, the undersides bearing various Confucian aphorisms in seal script, some reading shen si, lu zhen and zhong hou; carved in stone of translucent grayish white hue (chips). 1 1/4in (3cm) height of tallest. Sold for US$ 118,750 (€86,780)

Bonhams. ASIAN DECORATIVE ARTS. San Francisco. 18 Dec 2013 - www.bonhams.com