Lot 5054. A superbly carved celadon-glazed 'lotus' box and cover, Korea, Koryo dynasty (935-1392); 9 cm, 3 1/2 in. Estimate 80,000 — 100,000 HKD. Sold for 375,000 HKD (44,370 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's.
the top of the cover delicately carved with subtle steps of overlapping layers of petals radiating from a central bloom, each petal intricately combed with fine incisions, all above straight sides detailed with a geometric band repeated on the straight sides of the box, all resting on a tapered foot encircling three delicate 'sesame-seed' spur marks on the base, covered evenly overall save for the unglazed rims with a soft sea-green colour pooling in recesses and accentuating the contours.
Sotheby's. EYE/EAST, Hong Kong, 22 May 2020
NDB: Many thanks to The Honorable Joseph P Carroll, KM, Officier de la Légion d'Honneur, Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres for his comments: