Lot 3748. A celadon jade carving of a sampan, Qing dynasty, 18th century; 20.4 cm., 8 in. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 HKD. Lot sold 375,000 HKD. © Sotheby's

the pale green stone boldly worked in the form of a sampan, the deck with a shelter near the stern with a lady standing beneath it with an oar, two figures depicted seated at opposite sides atop a smaller shelter peering overboard, one of them holding a fish while the other reaches for something in a jar, a recumbent dog resting at the bow of the sampan looking in the direction of the fishermen, a billowing fishing net with cross-hatching incisions naturalistically rendered at the side of the sampan, all above crested waves delicately picked out on the underside of the vehicle, the stone of a pale celadon colour with faint russet inclusions.

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