Lot 1593. A fine and rare famille verte rouleau vase, Kangxi period (1622-1722); 17¾ in. (45.1 cm.) highEstimate HKD 1,500,000 - HKD 2,000,000. Price realised HKD 2,407,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2008.

Finely enamelled and gilt around the body with two gold-skinned immortals, one outfitted in full armour and holding a horn, his attendant holding a sword and perched on large rock, both attempting to tease a golden wolf chained to a column decorated with a vine issuing three large blossoms and surmounted by a lotus-bud cupola, next to a pine tree with the moon overhead, the neck decorated with a sprig of lingzhi and bamboo, box.

Provenance: Earl and Irene Morse, sold at Sotheby's New York, 3 December 1986, lot 271.

Previously sold at Christie's Hong Kong, Masterworks of Chinese Art, 5 & 6 November 1997, lot 967, and again 30 October 2001, lot 796.

NoteA vase from the Major A. J. A Douglas Collection with a similar scene was sold in at Sotheby's London, 27 February 1973, lot 100; another was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 29 November 1976, lot 602.

Christie's. The Imperial Sale including Elegance and Artistry. Treasures from a Private Collection, Hong Kong, 27 May 2008