15 May 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 24,500
Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
A carnelian agate dragon-carp vase and cover, Qianlong (1736-1795)
carved and incised with sympathetic use of the orange, white and translucent stone, depicting two formidable horned and winged carp rising up out of the swirling water, with a brilliant white flaming pearl, towards a flattened ovoid vase that is supported by jutting rockwork and scrolling clouds with flanking sinuous chilong dragons -- 7 7/8in. (20cm.) high, wood stand.
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