Compare a larger soapstone brushpot of similar design, from the collection of S. D. Winkworth, included in the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1935-36, cat. no. 2893; and another, from the collection of George de Menasce, illustrated in The Minor Arts of China II, London, 1985, pl. 180.
This vase is in general good condition with the exception of nibbles to the extremities particularly to the rim and foot. There are some loss to the edges of the prunus petals and branches. There are some scratches to the base, and slight surface scratches overall. The stone has some slight natural fissures. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."