Lot 32. A pair of doucai boxes and covers, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Diam. 10.3 cm, 4 1/8 in. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 GBP. Lot sold 56,250 GBP (72,681 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's.
each of circular shape, the flat covers finely painted with five bats in flight amidst multi-coloured billowing clouds around a central shou medallion, the straight sides with a matching border of five bats in flight alternating with multi-coloured clouds, repeated on the box, the bases and interiors enamelled turquoise.
Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 29th October 2001, lot 519.