Jade & Hardstone
A Chinese white jade snuff bottle carved on one side with a tiger looking up at a dragon in the clouds, the reverse with a fish swimming on its back above waves, emitting a cloud from its mouth, all between relief lion mask and ring handles.
Group of two recumbent, curled, ‘kissing’ cats, their feet touching each other, their ears folded back, the stone pure white.
Set of six Chinese jade openwork belt plaques of peach form, each carved with a bird of paradise standing on pierced rockwork, beneath a large camellia bloom, amongst voluminous leaves and scrolling branches, all within a peach-shaped frame, the flat reverse with holes for attachment, the stone white.
Chinese jade openwork pendant in the form of a squirrel, songshu, with detailed hairwork to the tail, amongst grapes and leaves, with naturalistic branches, the stone white, the leaves with russet and honey markings.
Chinese jade openwork double buckle joined by a ring, carved on each section with a chilong dragon amongst ruyi-head scrolls, one dragon with a single horn, the other with a flowing mane, each with a ridged spine, bifid tail and hairwork to the edges of the legs, the central ring with a high relief chilong dragon roundel, the stone white with russet markings.
Double buckle with the hook and clasp each carved as a goose, with archaic-style wings, single plume, and upright tail, each section with a button on the underside, the stone white.
Jade snuff bottle of flattened, rounded, rectangular form, carved on one side in low relief with branches of blossoming prunus and buds issuing from pierced rockwork, beside a four-character relief inscription, jing guan shang wan, ‘Peacefully observing and enjoying’, with cylindrical neck and oval foot rim, the stone pure white.
Chinese jade brush holder, bitong, carved in high relief with a standing phoenix on rockwork, holding a flowering peony branch in its mouth, beside a naturalistic bamboo trunk with relief branches and ridged body, the stone taupe, white and mottled.
Recumbent crane with its head turned back, holding in its long pointed beak a branch of two fruiting peaches, its folded wings and curled tail with detailed feather work, the feet and long legs neatly folded under the body, the stone pale celadon.
Reclining horse, ma, the ears folded back, with detailed hairwork to its mane and tail, looking back at a monkey, hou, climbing on its hind quarters, its hands on the horse’s nose, the monkey with a furrowed brow and detailed hairwork to its spine, the stone mottled dark and light grey.
Chinese jade large openwork finial, carved with eight cranes and a goose amongst branches of flowering lotus with leaves and arrowheads, all on an oval flat base, pierced on the underside with four pairs of holes for attachment, the stone white with mottled areas.
Chinese jade standing elephant, xiang, draped with a tasselled cloth, each side with a shou-character medallion on a geometric brocade wan-character ground, with detailed hairwork to the elephant’s tail, the feet neatly finished on the underside, a boy kneeling on its back holding a branch of flowering prunus, the stone white with slight russet markings.
Chinese jade baluster vase and cover of flattened form, with two open-work archaic-style dragon handles, carved on the body in high relief with a three-clawed dragon in pursuit of a flaming pearl amongst ruyi-head clouds, above crested waves with an open-winged bat in flight, the reverse with a double gourd issuing ruyi-clouds above waves, the corners with stylised rope, one with a hanging basket of peaches beneath lotus leaves on the rim and cover and a lotus pod-form finial, the stone pale celadon, mottled and russet.
Chinese jade vase of flattened rectangular tapered baluster form with two mythological animal mask and loose ring handles, carved in low relief on each side with a double-xi character, encircled by stylised peony flowerheads on scrolling branches linked by a ruyi-head and ring in a recessed frame beneath archaic-style lappets and ruyi-heads all between incised keyfret bands on the rim and foot, the sides with two individual xi characters each within a frame with a single ruyi-head border, the stone very pale celadon with slight natural darker markings.
Chinese jade cup in the form of a magnolia flower, with high relief branches, leaves and buds emanating from the base of the cup, each petal incised with lines, the stone white.
Chinese white jade small belt buckle carved with archaic style scrolls and cicada in a slightly recessed panel, with open-mouth dragon head hook, the underside plain, the stone white with slight russet marking.
A Chinese jade standing model of Liu Hai holding a long string of cash and a broom with his three legged toad perched on his shoulder and holding a coin in his other hand, finely carved with detailed work, the stone of pale celadon tone.
A pale celadon jade carving of a standing boy holding a branch, his long hair in curls at his shoulder, his robe tied at the waist.
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