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A CELADON AND RUSSET JADE FIGURE OF A QILIN
20TH CENTURY
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 HKD
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79
A CELADON AND RUSSET JADE FIGURE OF A QILIN
20TH CENTURY
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Qing dynasty jades from a Hong Kong Collection

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Hong Kong

A CELADON AND RUSSET JADE FIGURE OF A QILIN
20TH CENTURY
well depicted recumbent with the hind legs tucked beneath the body, rendered with its head held high and grasping a stream of scrolling clouds supporting a book on its back, the beast further detailed with round eyes, curled whiskers and a scaly body, the stone of a pale celadon colour highlighted with russet veins
10.5 cm, 4 1/8  in.
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Catalogue Note

This animated mythical creature has been skilfully carved in the round to capture both its playfulness and its archaic roots. The carver’s dexterity with the medium is apparent in the intricately detailed hooves and crisply rendered openwork web of lingzhi-shaped clouds. Small jade carvings of this type were commonly kept in the scholar’s studio where they were admired as prized possessions and utilised both as paperweights and as works of arts in their own right.

Compare a figure of a qilin similarly modelled with a book on its back raised on clouds, from the collection of H. F. Goldstein, included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition Chinese Jade throughout the Ages, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, cat. no. 374; another included in the exhibition Jade as Sculpture, Minnesota Museum of Art, Minnesota, 1975, cat. no. 11; and a third sold in our London rooms, 6th/7th June 1967, lot 341, and again at Christie’s New York, 15th September 2011, lot 1030.

Qing dynasty jades from a Hong Kong Collection

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Hong Kong