3332
3332
A RARE YELLOW AND RUSSET JADE FIGURE OF A RECUMBENT MYTHICAL BEAST
SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY
Estimate
1,000,0001,500,000
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3332
A RARE YELLOW AND RUSSET JADE FIGURE OF A RECUMBENT MYTHICAL BEAST
SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY
Estimate
1,000,0001,500,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Beasts of Antiquity – Important Jade Animals from the Chang Shou Studio

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A RARE YELLOW AND RUSSET JADE FIGURE OF A RECUMBENT MYTHICAL BEAST
SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY
skilfully depicted in a playful forward-crouching pose with the front paws flanking its jaws, the beast portrayed with a pair of floppy ears and globular piercing eyes above a prominent snout, the haunches well rendered with a defined muscular outline, the snout pierced through horizontally for suspension, the lustrous yellow and russet stone with an attractive patina
7.4 cm, 2 7/8  in.
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Provenance

Collection of Mr and Mrs Richard C. Bull.
The Kirknorton Collection.
The Hei-Chi Collection.

Exhibited

Jade in Chinese Culture, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, 1990, cat. no. 26.
Chinese Jade Animals
, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 106.

Literature

Brian Morgan, Naturalism and Archaism: Chinese Jades from the Kirknorton Collection, London, 1995, no. 48.
Jiang Tao and Liu Yunhui, Jades from the Hei-Chi Collection, Beijing, 2006, p. 157.

Catalogue Note

The playful rendering of this piece is characteristic of Song archaism; for mythical lions similarly carved in the forward-crouching pose, see another, also from the Kirknorton Collection, illustrated in Brian Morgan, Naturalism and Archaism. Chinese Jades from the Kirknorton Collection, London, 1995, no. 46; and another, also from the Hei-Chi Collection, included in Jiang Tao and Liu Yunhui, Jades from the Hei-Chi Collection, op.cit., p. 155 bottom, exhibited in Chinese Jade Animals, op. cit., cat. no. 86, and later sold in these rooms, 8th April 2010, lot 1992.

Beasts of Antiquity – Important Jade Animals from the Chang Shou Studio

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Hong Kong