Lot 125. A large blue and white 'narrative' brush pot, bitong, Chongzhen period, circa 1640; 7 ½ in. (19 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 8,000 - GBP 12,000 (USD 10,840 - USD 16,260)Price realised GBP 47,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018

The exterior is decorated with a continuous scene of an official in a garden setting in front of an open hall, with attendants holding fans and a wrapped seal box, and two kneeling figures holding offerings. The scene is enclosed between two pairs of incised lines.

Provenance: Collection of Doctor J.C.J. Bierens de Haan (1867-1951), acquired in the early 20th century and then by descent within the family.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 15 May 2009 - SALE 15487