A rare cloisonné enamel model of a recumbent ram and rider. Qianlong incised four-character mark in a line and of the period (1736-95). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010

Finely modelled recumbent on a rectangular plinth with long curling horns, its body neatly covered in spiralling scrolls emulating fur, carrying on its back a seated figure dressed in ornate robes, 7½ in. (19 cm.) wide. Est. £15,000 - £25,000 Price Realized £361,250

Provenance: Acquired from Spink & Sons Ltd., London, September 1966.

Literature: Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery, Visite Privée: Hôtels Particuliers de Paris, Paris, 1999, p.186.

Notes: Compare a virtually identical recumbent cloisonné enamel ram in the Palace Museum, Beijing, catalogued as a brush-stand and illustrated in Jin Shu Tai Falangi, Hong Kong Commercial Press, pl. 125 p. 129.

Christie's. Living with Design: The Collections of Walter Lees and Mr NC. 16 July 2010 London, King Street www.christies.com