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A bronze quatrefoil washer with chilong handles. Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. photo Sotheby's

of begonia shape, supported on four cabriole legs, rising to flaring curved sides, flanked by two confronting clambering chilong, their bodies forming the handles, the countersunk base with an apocryphal Xuande mark - 20.6 cm., 8 1/8 in. Est. 120,000—180,000 HKD
Lot Sold 375,000 HKD

PROVENANCE: Christie's Hong Kong, 2nd November 1999, lot 784.

Sotheby's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART. 08 Apr 10. Hong Kong www.sothebys.com