Lot 8107. A very rare and finely carved huanghualichilong’ floral-form brush pot, Late Ming-Early Qing dynasty; 7 5/16 in. (18.6 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 350,000 - HKD 450,000Price realised HKD 687,500© Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The brush pot is crisply carved to the exterior depicting four large petals with elegantly downturned tips, enclosing chilong dragons with bifurcated tails engaged in various pursuits, the first one grasping a branch of prunus, the second chasing a lingzhi spray, the third grasping a branch bearing a peach fruit, and the fourth seeking after a magnolia branch. The base has three shallow tab feet, box.

ProvenanceSusan Chen, Hong Kong, 1990s

Christie's. Court, Studio, Atelier Chinese Works of Art and Paintings from The Ming Dynasty Evening Sale, 27 November 2017, Hong Kong