This delightful collection of Chinese Animal Carvings from a Private English Collection drew strong interest from across the globe, resulting in over 80% of lots sold and achieving a total of £1.1 million – almost double the low estimate.
Fine white jade carvings led the sale, highlighted by a figure of two boys clambering on an elephant, which sold for £81,250 against an estimate of £40,000-60,000; a plaque carved with a pig, which sold for £68,750, and a brushrest carved with five bats, sold for £65,000, both lots against estimates of £5000-8000.
A delightful collection of animals, birds and sea creatures carved and modelled from a variety of materials, including jade and bronze, form this menagerie assembled by a private English collector. Brimming with auspicious associations and reflective of Chinese culture through the ages, this sale also highlights the pleasurable nature of these animal figures. Leading the sale is an exquisite white jade carving of two boys clambering playfully on an elephant to symbolise happiness and good fortune.