Lot 5025. A rare lacquer 'water buffalo' ink stone with original box and cover, Qing dynasty, 18th century; inkstone 13.5 cm, 5 1/4 in., box 14.9 cm, 5 7/8 in. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 HKD. Sold for 62,500 HKD (7,395 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's.
the inkstone well carved from a block of wood in the form of a recumbent water buffalo with its head turned backwards towards the concave inkwell, all applied with a coating of black lacquer, the original black lacquer box and cover correspondingly shaped with the cover depicting a similar recumbent water buffalo, traces of gilding on the cover of the box.
Sotheby's. EYE/EAST, Hong Kong, 22 May 2020