Jade & Hardstone
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 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 archaic style belt buckle carved with scrolls, ruyi-heads and fretwork within a recessed panel, the dragon’s head hook with fretwork on its nose and forehead, the button on their underside carved as a flower head, the stone white.
Chinese jade pebble-form group of recumbent deer, lu, and fawn, the parent holding a fruiting lingzhi branch in its mouth, their pelts delicately incised with stars, both resting in a large lotus leaf with relief veins, the stone white with natural russet markings.
Chinese jade openwork pendant carved in the form of a squirrel on a fruiting grape vine with a large leaf with touches of brown russet, the squirrel with hairwork on its tail, the stone white with russet.
A Chinese pale celadon jade openwork plaque carved with two standing cranes amongst lotus leaves, flowers and arrow heads.
A Chinese jade openwork and reticulated plaque carved in high relief in two registers with seven boys playing and holding ornaments, the top register with a central boy skipping beneath a raised skipping rope held by two boys at his sides, with a bird in flight, pine tree, other plants and rockwork all beneath cloud sprays and within a singular frame, the back with pierced trellis pattern, the stone white with grey markings.
A Chinese jade mythical animal in a crouching position with single horn, its head turned back, holding a flowering peony branch in its mouth, with detailed hairwork to the tail and mane and flames at the haunches, the stone pale celadon with slight russet markings.
A Chinese white jade vase and cover of double-gourd form, carved in high relief with two boys amongst rockwork and stylised clouds, one holding a large flowering lotus branch with leaves over his shoulder, amongst bats in-flight, the dome-shaped cover surmounted with a branch.
A Chinese pale celadon and russet jade carving of a standing figure of Yan Ci wearing a deer- skin and holding a milk pail and a branch of lingzhi fungus.
Chinese pale celadon jade carving of a goose with its young seated on a large lotus leaf, each holding the branch of the lotus flower in its beak, with detailed work to the wings and the neatly carved round eyes.
Chinese white jade bi disc carved in high relief with a bifid tailed chi-dragon holding a lingzhi branch in its mouth with detailed hairwork to its mane, the underside with a spiral grain pattern.
Chinese white jade pendant carved as two lingzhi fruit with leafy branch and seeds, the lingzhi cleverly carved with fluting, the stone of even white tone.
Chinese white jade plaque carved in the form of a recumbent horse with its head turned back holding a flowering branch of magnolia in its mouth and resting on a large leaf, with detailed hairwork to the mane and tail, the back flat.
Chinese white jade hairpin carved with a naturalistic lingzhi ruyi head and a bamboo branch, the underside with branch form openwork top.
A Chinese pale celadon and russet jade carving of a recumbent horse with head turned back and left leg raised with detailed carving to the hooves and hair work to the tail and plaited mane.
Chinese jade rhyton carved as a naturalistic pine trunk with three extending elaborate pine branches in pale celadon taupe with russet markings, all on a gnarled naturalistic ground, the pale celadon branch with two tree shrews holding a pine leaf.
A Chinese pale celadon jade mottled with yellow inclusions peach tree raft, carved in high relief with two scholars seated at a table drinking wine in large cups beside two wine jars, another standing scholar steering the naturalistic wood raft with a lingzhi form rudder, the raft carved on both sides with gnarled wood effect and containing a large peony bloom at the front, the back of the raft with a large overhanging peach tree formed from the raft with fruit and leaves, the underside with swirl wave pattern.
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