Jade & Hardstone
Chinese large jade pebble carved as an archaic-style goose, hong, with its head turned back holding in its beak three branches of a lotus flower and leaves, the wings and tail feathers incised with key-fret and an archaic-style bird, the neck with a flowerhead band, the feet and legs neatly tucked underneath.
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.
Chinese jade rhyton, gong, with long rope-twist handle carved on the body with a wide band of archaic-style mythical creatures hidden amongst scrolls with a high relief chilong dragon with long curled tail and distinctive claws.
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.
Chinese jade cong of archaic style with flat rim and raised oval foot rim, the sides sub-divided into ten horizontal divisions, each facet with five pairs of incised rings imitating eyes.
Chinese jade pebble carved as a recumbent water buffalo, niu, the nape, horns and tail naturalistically carved, the neck and split hooves neatly tucked underneath.
Chinese jade rhyton, gong, of archaic style carved on each side with a central band of taotie masks between archaic style cicada lappets and leaves beneath a key-fret band at the rim.
Chinese jade pouring vessel, yi, carved on the exterior with a wide archaic style scrolling band of confronting animal heads between a double raised edge and beneath a similar band at the rim and above a key-fret band on the ridged foot, the openwork scroll top handle carved with a chilong dragon going through, its body with scrolls and detailed hairwork to the mane.
Chinese jade pebble carving of a recumbent single-horned mythical animal, pixiu, with bifid tail, detailed spine and claws all resting on ruyi-head clouds.
Chinese large jade carving of a recumbent horse, ma, biting its hind leg, with wide eyes and gently protruding lip, pronounced spine and forelegs neatly tucked underneath, with detailed flowing hairwork to the mane and long tail.
Chinese jade circular waterpot with upright rim, on three short scrolling feet terminating in ruyi-heads, incised at the shoulder with two bands of key-fret and cross lozenge, the interior well-hollowed.
Chinese jade brush washer carved in high relief with nine dragons of different sizes writhing amongst ruyi-head clouds in pursuit of flaming pearls above a swirling wave base with crested waves.
Chinese jade carving of a recumbent ram, yang, holding in its mouth a swirling ruyi-cloud spray supporting a yin-yang, taiqi symbol, with long goatee beard, detailed horns and particularly plump body, the split hooves neatly tucked underneath.
Chinese jade treasure sack, bao fu ping, of pomegranate form with well-hollowed interior, tied at the neck with a long flowing ribbon, the fluted body carved in relief with two dragons amongst stylised ruyi-clouds, the scales on their bodies intricately incised, the larger winged dragon with flames on the body, spikes on the spine and detailed hairwork to the mane, with a relief seven-character couplet, zhong you yun qi sui fei long, “there are clouds and mists following the flying dragons”, the underside gently recessed.
Chinese jade two-handled censer and cover of rectangular form, ding, on four cylindrical legs, carved on each side with an intricate low relief archaic style taotie mask between other animal masks on a key-fret ground, the openwork handles surmounted with animal-head terminals, the cover carved with archaic design on a key-fret ground surmounted by an integral begonia flowerhead finial.
Chinese jade oval waterpot carved in high relief with four dragons grasping the sides in pursuit of a flaming pearl amongst stylised lingzhi clouds and above detailed swirling and crested waves, with further hairwork to the dragons’ manes, the interior well-hollowed.
Chinese jade bowl, wan, in the form of a hibiscus flower with two registers of overlapping petals each incised with veins and relief edges, the interior with a further flowerhead with crossed hatch centre repeated on the underside with a petal shaped foot rim.
Chinese jade Mughal-style octagonal lobed oval petal-shape cup, the foliate body carved on each petal in low relief with a begonia flowerhead on a scrolling leafy branch above a band of lappets, all on a straight foliate foot rim.
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