Jade & Hardstone
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.
Pair of Chinese pale celadon jade oval plaques, each carved in high relief with an elephant with its head turned back towards its elaborate saddle cloth, each carved with rocks, waves and clouds above tassels, with detailed hairwork to the elephant’s tails, their backs supporting a large jardinière of precious objects including a branch of coral, a sceptre and cash, surrounded by the baxiang on ribbon-tied branches with four on each plaque, including canapé, shell, fish, endless knot, cornucopia, cash, vase and flower.
Chinese Mughal style pale celadon jade teapot and cover of compressed baluster form, carved with stylised peony amongst scrolls, leaves, branches and other flowerheads, between a naturalistic branch and leaf handle and a spout joined to the body with the flowerhead also with scrolling branches, the one-piece cover similarly carved with openwork bud finial of acanthus leaves.
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.
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.
Chinese jade pendant in the form of a dragon and phoenix, with fine detail to the wing and tail feathers, and hairwork on the eyebrows of the dragon, the stone pure white.
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.
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