FINE JADES FROM AN ENGLISH PRIVATE COLLECTION
Jade carvings of hounds, generally depicted in resting poses, were made from the Tang dynasty onwards and are seldom found in groups of three. Compare two jade carvings of a pair of dogs sold in our Hong Kong rooms, the first, 20th November 1984, lot 541, and the second, 30th October 1995, lot 932; and another, from the collection of Walter Stein, sold in our New York rooms, 26th February 1982, lot 518. See also a similarly playful carving of three cats, included in the Min Chiu Society exhibition Chinese Jade Carving, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1983, 164; and another of three lions, in the Tianjin Museum, illustrated in Tianjin bowuguan cang yu / Jade Wares Collected by Tianjin Museum, Beijing, 2012, pl. 174.
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