Lot 2732. A spinach jade 'Dragon' cupstand, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 17 cm., 6 3/4 in. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD. Lot sold 800,000 HKD© Sotheby's 2010

of rectangular form, supported by a low foot, the dish with an everted keyfret rim, the inside carved in high-relief with two ferocious dragons in mutual pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', all surrounding a waisted cup pedestal in the centre, encircled by bands of bosses and lappets, the stone of varying tones of green with natural inclusions, fitted wood stand.

Provenance: Collection S. Bulgari, Rome (according to label).
Collection of a European Countess.
S. Marchant & Son Ltd., London.

Exhibited: Post-Archaic Chinese Jades from Private Collections, S. Marchant and Son Ltd., London, 2000, cat. no. 8.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, Hong Kong, 08 Oct 2010