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A white jade ruyi sceptre. 18th/19th century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

The ruyi-shaped head carved in low relief with a prunus tree and wannianqing growing from rocks partially highlighted in russet color - 14½ in. (37 cm.) long. Est. $25,000 - $35,000. Price Realized $542,500

Provenance: Acquired in the 1950s-60s.

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A finely carved white jade archaistic censer and cover. 18th/19th century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

Raised on a short, circular foot, the sides carved in low relief with taotie masks centered on a narrow flange, beneath a monster mask at the grooved rim, interrupted by a pair of elaborate handles issuing from stylized animal masks, the domed cover carved en suite below a circular finial with out-turned rim carved with lotus lappets - 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) across handles, wood stand, two Japanese wood boxes. Est. $150,000 - $180,000. Price Realized $482,500

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A rare and finely carved white jade plaque. 18th century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

Boldly carved in high relief with three chilong clambering about the faceted body in pursuit of a flaming pearl, with two bats flittering amidst clouds in low relief framed by a thin raised border, the whole between ruyi heads at the top and bottom, carved from a fine white stone of even tone with some traces of pale russet color - 2¾ in. (7 cm.) high. Est. $30,000 - $50,000 Price Realized $206,500

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