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It brought almost four times its pre-sale estimate, reaching $123,500. 15 Chinese art sale was a set of Famille Verte month cups, dating to the Kangxi dynasty (late 17th century).
Heavily decorated and sinuously carved, the figure has large almond-shaped eyes, a demure nose and a luxurious head of hair, perfectly coifed and braided. A change from previous sales." A double-gourd-form celadon ewer of the Koryo (12th century) dynasty brought $90,500, more than four times its low estimate. "Eighteenth and 19th-century prints did particularly well," said Sachiko Hori, specialist in charge. These porcelain cups, which come in sets of 12, are traditionally decorated with the flowers of their corresponding months.
This basic coin shape was adopted by subsequent dynasties and continued to be cast in various forms for more than 700 years.
In 621 AD, Emperor Gao Zu of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) cast a new coin known as the even some of the earliest forms of metal money such as spades and knives had charm-like qualities in that they had "auspicious" or "good luck" characters and inscriptions.
It reached $189,500, which was still below the estimate.