A large bronze figure of a bearded immortal, 16th/17th century. Christie's Images Ltd. 2009

standing with his hands held to his chest holding a tablet, wearing long robes decorated to the sleeves with scrolling leaves, incised inscription to the back which may be translated: 'Made by Guo Han Miaojin' -- 14¾in. (37.6cm.) high. Est. £3,000 - £5,000

Christie's. Chinese Works of Art. 10 September 2009. London, South Kensington www.christies.com