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A carved pale green jade peach-form libation cup, Ming dynasty, 17th century. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2008

Borne on a small curled leafy branch extending around the sides of the cup bearing a peach and floral spray and continuing to the rim where a horned dragon has curled itself around the branch and clings to the rim between two further blossoms; 4½ in. (11.4 cm.) long, metal spoon, Japanese wood box. Estimate $5,000 – $7,000. Price Realized $5,625

Christie’s. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART. 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.