15. M4985



Chinese large jade group of two mandarin ducks, yuanyang, facing inwards towards each other, holding in their open beaks a millet branch with long leaves, above crested waves with detailed work to the feathers and waves.

The stone opaque white with natural russet markings.

7 ¾ inches, 19.2 cm long; 3 7/8 inches, 9.8 cm high.

Ming/Qing dynasty, 17th century.

Inlaid wood stand.


Natural markings.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Sold by William Clayton, 38 Bury Street, St. James’s, London, 1960-1985, by repute.
  • A similar group is illustrated by René-Yvon Lefebvre d’Argencé in Chinese Jades in the Avery Brundage Collection, pl. LXXI, pp. 156/7, and again by Michael Knight, He Li and Terese Tse Bartholomew in Later Chinese Jades, Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century, from The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 283, p. 264.
  • Mandarin ducks, yuanyang, are thought to mate for life. They symbolise an affectionate couple living in harmony and are often depicted at wedding ceremonies.