Lot 3329. A zitan melon-leaf-shape tray, Qing Dynasty, 18th century; 36 cm., 14 1/4 in. Estimate 120,000 — 180,000 HKD. Lot Sold 200,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
naturalistically carved, made from several smaller pieces of wood and originally covered in lacquer, the large central furled-edge leaf with insect holes set with smaller attendant cup-shaped pods along the side, the reticulated stem attached to a smaller leaf, the underside similarly carved with two branches exposed, the wood of deep-brown tone with characteristic gold flecks.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 08 april 2011