Lot 1400. A rare small embellished zitan tray, 17th-18th century; 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD USD 47,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011
With shallow sides, the interior finely inlaid with a scene of a scholar contemplating a large overhanging vine-hung pine branch that extends from a rock face joined by a bridge to the rocky promontory on which he sits, all in soapstone and mother-of-pearl, the rim inlaid in silver wire with key fret, raised on four shallow bracket supports.
Property from the Collection of Philip Wood, San Francisco.