A rare translucent pale greenish-white jade circular cup stand. Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

With beaded, everted rim, the interior boldly carved in deep relief with two dragons chasing pearls amidst clouds and flames around a raised platform carved with a continuous key-fret border - 6 5/16 in. (16 cm.) diam., wood stand. Est. $10,000 - $15,000. Price Realized $422,500

Provenance: Acquired in Beijing in the 1960s.

Notes: Compare the design of the current cup stand, with two dragons chasing flaming pearls around a central knop, to that found on a similarly decorated gold cup stand in the Dingling Mausoleum, illustrated in Catalogue of Relics from the Dingling Mausoleum, Beijing, 2006, no. 14.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. 26 March 2010. New York, Rockefeller Plaza www.christies.com