Qianlong jade brush pot to highlight Christie's Asia Week sales in London

A Qianlong period (1736-1795) green jade brush pot will be among the highlights of Christie's Asia Week sales in London on November 5-8 with an estimate of £250,000-350,000 ($404,764-566,588).

The pot, painstakingly carved into a rocky landscape populated with pine trees, crane and deer, will lead the initial auction, Arts of the Carver, on November 5.  

Jade brush pot Christie's
The brush pot dates to the Qianlong period (1736-1795)

A similar white jade brush pot will also feature with an estimate of £100,000-150,000 ($161,890-242,840). The carvings include details of scholars, pavilions and mountains.

The Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale is also due to take place on November 5, and will feature a jade "twin fish" marriage bowl, the interior of which is carved with intricate calligraphy and peach branches.

It carries an estimate of £200,000-300,000 ($323,924-485,886) and dates to the Qianlong period.

Marriage bowls were a popular gift in the imperial court, and reflected the status of their owners.

There has been strong demand for Chinese bronzes in recent years and a rare Ming dynasty (1600-1700s) gilt bronze effigy of Marici, the goddess of dawn, will likely be a notable highlight of the sale.

The figure is displayed seated on a double lotus pedestal with petals carved into flaming pearls.

A rare yellow and green vase dating to 1723-1735 will also feature with an estimate of £150,000-200,000 ($242,583-323,924) and a large wucai lobed dragon jar dating from 1522-1566 could make between £120,000-150,000 ($194,136-242,583).

Two further auctions of Chinese Interiors and Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles will take place on November 6 and 8 respectively.

The sale follows on the immense success of the Asia Week sales in New York which achieved a total of over $175m.

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