Exquisite Jade Carving, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 97.
Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 166.
The present piece is a highly successful combination of high-quality stone, controlled detail and graceful composition, as well as the fusion of archaistic and naturalistic styles of carving. The Qing period represents the pinnacle of naturalism achieved in carving, and the blending of acute observation with archaistic decorative elements was especially popular during the 17th and 18th centuries. This style is superbly exemplified in this carving which has been treated in an antique style, with formalised body and plumage and archaic bronze design on its wings, but its head and feet are carved naturalistically. Carvings of this type would have appealed to the literati class as it looked back to ancient times and thus carried a powerful symbolic meaning.For jade ducks carved in this style, see one sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 3rd November 1997, lot 851. Compare also an elaborately carved phoenix in the Seattle Art Museum, illustrated in James C.Y. Watt, Chinese Jades of the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 1989, pl. 63; and an earlier a jade goose from the Guan-fu collection, included in the exhibition Chinese Jades from Han to Ch'ing, Asia House Gallery, Washington D. C., 1980, cat. no. 82, where it is noted that 'the pose of this bird is reminiscent of the very early stone weights of Mesopotamia'.
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