Lot 3747. A large and rare spinach jade 'Three Star Gods' table screen, Qing dynasty, 18th century; diameter 35 cm., 13 3/4  in. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Lot sold 875,000 HKD. © Sotheby's

of circular form, boldly worked in varying levels of relief with a wondrous mountain landscape, the reverse enamelled in finely incised gold lacquer with a lakeside landscape, the smoothly polished stone of deep emerald-green colour mottled with darker specks and a few paler streaks, elaborate carved wood stand.

Note: It is rare to find a screen of this strong, evocative carving with gilt-painted decoration on the reverse, but a comparable example sold in our New York rooms, 25th September 1986, lot 202.

The three figures on the present example are likely to represent the Three Star Gods (fulushou sanxing); fu symbolising the god of happiness, lu the god of emolument, and shou the god of longevity.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Works of Art, Hong Kong, 07 april 2015