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Lot 3876. A finely carved Ming cinnabar lacquer brush and cover, Ming dynasty, 16th century, 10 1/8 in. (25.8 cm.) overall. Estimate HKD 120,000 - HKD 180,000Price realised HKD 175,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2011

The cylindrical shaft well-carved in high relief with leafy prunus branches bearing blossoms and buds, the cover similarly carved with the addition of a cricket on a stalk of millet, all reserved on intricate diaper framed by keyfret bands, the ends of the cover and shaft with crane medallions, Japanese wood box. 

ProvenanceA Japanese private collection.

Christie'sImportant Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 30 May 2012, Hong Kong, HKCEC Grand Hall