Lot 190. Two 'Dehua' trees, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Height 14 1/4 in., 36 cm. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Lot sold 7,500 USD. © Sotheby's.
comprising two prunus trees each similarly and finely modeled in full bloom, with magpies perched in the branches, the trunks naturalistically rendered and all supported by the gnarled roots extended at the base (2).
Provenance: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis R. Andrews, 'Tulip Hill' Anne Arundel County, Maryland and thence by descent.
Literature: Antiques Magazine, 'Living with Antiques, Tulip Hill, the Maryland Home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis R. Andrews', October 1969, p. 561.