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A fine white jade carving of an elephant
Qing dynasty, 18th century
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 108,000 USD
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9
A fine white jade carving of an elephant
Qing dynasty, 18th century
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 108,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Concordia House Collection: Fine Chinese Jades and Important Works of Art from a Midwestern Family

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A fine white jade carving of an elephant
Qing dynasty, 18th century

of stylized 'pebble-form', the large beast finely carved in the round, standing foursquare with its trunk curling up to the foreleg between projecting tusks, with naturalistic markings to the feet, ears and tail and accented with incised wrinkles overall, set in various places with gilt-metal staples suggesting the attachment of a saddle (now lacking), the stone of even pale celadon-white highlighted with amber streaks


7 5/8 in., 19.5 cm
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Catalogue Note

Compare a closely related elephant but carved from spinach-green jade, from the Estate of Empress Friedrich, Schloss Friedrichshof, illustrated in Chinese Jade, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1998, cat.no. 23; and another illustrated in Alex Kerr, Immortal Images. The Jade Collection of Margaret and Trammell Crow, Dallas, 1989, p. 41 (below), where the author notes that this elephant was illustrated in the Qianlong jade catalogue Gu Yu Tu Lu as a Han work, but subsequently attributed to the early 18th century.

The Concordia House Collection: Fine Chinese Jades and Important Works of Art from a Midwestern Family

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New York