Chinese jade recumbent crane, he, with its head turned back holding in its long-pointed beak a branch of two fruiting peaches, its folded wings and curved tail with detailed feather work, the legs and feet neatly folded under the body.
The stone yellow and black with brown mottled markings.
3 ¾ inches, 8.3 cm long.
Ming dynasty, 16th/17th century.
Provenance & Additional Information
- Sold by Louis Joseph, 28 Knightsbridge, London, 1960-1985, by repute.
- Another in the Qing Court Collection is illustrated by Zhang Guangwen in Jadeware (III), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Beijing, no. 80, p. 100; another, from the collection of Dr. Henry Marcuese was included by Marchant in their 75th anniversary exhibition of Post-Archaic Chinese Jades from Private Collections, 2000, no. 89, p. 110; another was included by Marchant in their 90th anniversary exhibition of Ninety Jades for 90 Years, 2015, no. 61, p. 116; another was included by Gerard Tsang and Ho Kam-chuen in the exhibition of Chinese Jade Animals, 1996, presented by the Urban Council of Hong Kong, organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, no. 179, p. 186/7; another was included by Roger Keverne in the Spink & Son Ltd. exhibition of Chinese Jade, 1991, no. 153, pp. 74/5.
- A crane carving of similar stone, exhibited at the Dayton Art Institute, 1989, no. 168, was sold by Christie’s Hong Kong in their auction of The Gerald Godfrey Private Collection of Fine Chinese Jades, 30th October 1995, lot 879.
- The crane, he, and peaches, tao, form the rebus, he shou yan nian, “may the crane and the peaches extend your years”. Both crane and peach symbolise longevity.