Lot 627. A white jade pierced disc with boxwood 'elephant' stand, Qing dynasty, 18th Century; Disc 3 5/8 in., 9.2 cm; Qilin 3 1/2 in., 8.6 cm. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Lot sold 98,400 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.

the flat disc reticulated in the center with radiating entwined loops forming an openwork floret, carved in low relief with the 'Eight Trigrams' on one side, and the other with the 'Ten Celestial Stems' (tian gan) within linked ruyi heads, with a finely carved boxwood male elephant stand with scenes of figures and leaping carp at the saddlecloth, beneath a saddle of precious objects; together with a white jade pebble carving of a recumbent single-horned qilin, with leonine face and mane, and bifurcated tail, wood stand.

Provenance: Qilin: John Sparks Ltd., London (by label).

Note: Compare a similar white jade disc in the Qing Court collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Jadeware (III), Hong Kong, 1995, no. 20, where the disc is shown encircled by twelve shaped plaques to form a flowerhead, and where the 'petal' plaques represent the twelve months.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, including Property from the Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, 19-20 march 2007