An agate brushwasher, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 3156. An agate brushwasher, Qing dynasty, 18th century; 13 cm., 5 1/8  in. Estimate 180,000 — 250,000 HKD. Lot sold 225,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2013

carved in the form of a furled vine leaf with two squirrels set on the rim and two birds and a butterfly perched on its sides, detailed with incised veins, attendant leaves and undulating stems bearing riped grapes picked out with fine russet specks, the pale brown translucent stone mottled with amber inclusions and crimson-red streaks.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Hong Kong, 08 april 2013