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A White Jade 'Mandarin Ducks' Group Carving
Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng / Qianlong Period
Estimate
400,000600,000
LOT SOLD. 2,680,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
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A White Jade 'Mandarin Ducks' Group Carving
Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng / Qianlong Period
Estimate
400,000600,000
LOT SOLD. 2,680,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Playthings From The Collection of Edward T. Chow
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A White Jade 'Mandarin Ducks' Group Carving
Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng / Qianlong Period
carved in the form of a pair of confronting mandarin ducks endearingly conjoined at their incurved beaks, each detailed with a finely incised plumage and crest atop the head, a further smaller mandarin duck trailing behind the tail of one of them, the group set with five small ducklings around them and a further duckling resting atop the tail of the duck in the middle, the stone of an even celadon-white tone mottled with a faint light brown patch, wood stand
13.3 cm., 5 1/4  in.
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Catalogue Note

This charming piece is finely modelled from a long jade pebble, the stone cleverly utilised to depict a group of three ducks and ducklings. Small jade carvings such as the present were created according to the shape of the pebble to ensure minimal wastage of the precious stone. Compare a carving of three ducks, each grasping a lotus branch, sold in our New York rooms, 16th September 2009, lot 238; and another of two ducks sold in our London rooms, 31st October 1986, lot 304. See also a lapis lazuli carving of two mandarin ducks fashioned with similarly conjoined beaks, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, illustrated in Ming Wilson, Chinese Jade, London 2004, pl. 100.

A pair of mandarin ducks is symbolic of fidelity and a happy marriage, and form the rebus ‘May the mandarin ducks grant you a happy marriage and distinguished sons’ (yuanyang guizi).

Playthings From The Collection of Edward T. Chow
Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Collections
Chinese Art Through the Eye of Sakamoto Gorō -
Asian Lacquer

|
Hong Kong