2311
2311
A WHITE JADE 'BIRD AND PEACH' CARVING
MING DYNASTY
Estimate
120,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 524,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
2311
A WHITE JADE 'BIRD AND PEACH' CARVING
MING DYNASTY
Estimate
120,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 524,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Jade: The Zhirouzhai Collection

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Hong Kong

A WHITE JADE 'BIRD AND PEACH' CARVING
MING DYNASTY
finely carved from a white pebble retaining its warm golden-brown skin, the stylised bird nestled on a knotty branch issuing a large ripe peach, with a smaller one tucked below, interspersed with slender leaves, the plumage defined with fine incisions, the surface with a smooth patina
5.3CM., 2 IN.
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Exhibited

Exquisite Jade Carving, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 87.

Catalogue Note

Jade carvings of birds and peaches were made as early as the Song dynasty. For the possible inspiration to the present piece see a Song jade bird with peaches in the Guan-Fu collection illustrated in James Watt, Chinese Jades from Han to Ch'ing, New York, 1980, pl. 80. A later, Qing period, carving of a crane with peaches was included in the exhibition Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996, p. 186, cat. no. 179, where it is mentioned that in Chinese culture both the crane and peach represent longevity. Another 18th century carving of a dove perched on a gnarled stalk of a peach, was sold in these rooms, 12th May 1983, lot 294.  

 

Jade: The Zhirouzhai Collection

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Hong Kong