Lot 35. A carved and inscribed white jade 'dragon' brush, Qianlong incised four-character mark and of the period (1736-1795). Estimate £10,000 – £15,000 ($57,840 - $86,760). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.
The brush is intricately carved with a five-clawed dragon striding amidst scrolling clouds, beside the characters Qianlong nian zhi incised in a vertical line. The top of the brush is decorated with a finial shaped as a floral bud. The stone is of an even pale tone. The jade 7 5/8 in. (19.5 cm.) long
Note: Compare this to two pale celadon jade brushes previously in the collection of Stephen Junkunc III (1904-1978), each carved with a dragon and lotus flowers, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 May 2012, lot 4207.
Christie's. INSPIRED THEMES: A FINE SELECTION OF CHINESE WORKS OF ART, 10 May 2016, London, King Street