Eighteenth century bamboo brushpot – estimate HK$400,000-600,000 at Bonhams Hong Kong on May 27.

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The May 27 line-up of 64 lots is devoted to items featuring representations of women in traditional and modern Chinese art history.

Among the highlights is this 18th century bamboo brushpot. It is carved with a continuous garden scene with buildings and features elderly ladies sitting chatting and entertaining accompanied by three young attendants preparing tea, holding a book and opening a door to the garden wall.

The subject matter may refer to a painting by Zhou Wenju (c.917-975AD), an artist active in the late Five Dynasties, depicting 10 court ladies playing in an imperial garden. The brushpot, which measures 6¼in (16cm) high and 5in (12cm) diameter, is notable for the detailed high relief carving.

The estimate is HK$400,000-600,000.