A carved Boxwood wristrest. Qing Dynasty, 18th century. Photo Sotheby's.

naturalistically carved as a slightly curled section of tree bark with irregular openings and cracks, one side carved in low relief with a branch of prunus blossom, the underside decorated with a sprig of three narcissus, the smooth patina of warm honey tone: 20.2 cm., 8 in. Estimate 150,000—250,000 HKD. Lot Sold 350,000 HKD


A carved Boxwood brushpot. Qing Dynasty, 18th -19th century. Photo Sotheby's.

well carved in high relief with a sleeping sage stumped over a book, with a second sage standing to one side with a brush in his hand, the reverse set with a tiger snarling at a dragon emerging from the clouds; 14.7 cm., 5 3/4 in. Estimate 120,000—150,000 HKD. Lot Sold 212,500 HKD

PROVENANCE: Collection of H.G. Beasley.
Sotheby's London, 4th May 1984, lot 275.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 20th November 1984, lot 534.


A small square boxwood vase. Qing Dynasty, 19th Century. Photo Sotheby's.

the body of square baluster lobed form rising from a short splayed foot to a narrow neck with flaring rim, the base carved with an apocryphal Qianlong four-character seal mark; 10 cm., 4 in. Estimate 60,000—80,000 HKD. Lot Sold 100,000 HKD

 Sotheby's. Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. 08 Apr 11. Hong Kong. www.sothebys.com