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A PALE CELADON JADE 'LONGEVITY' GROUP
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 40,000 USD
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A PALE CELADON JADE 'LONGEVITY' GROUP
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 40,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Chinese Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Florence and Herbert Irving Gift

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A PALE CELADON JADE 'LONGEVITY' GROUP
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
the large pebble carved as a deer and crane nestled alongside each other, each grasping sprigs of chrysanthemum and peach in the mouth, the feet tucked neatly underneath, the deer with antlers flattened down the neck, the eyes, feathers and fur finely incised, the stone an even pale celadon with occasional faint russet patches, wood stand (2)
Length 3 3/4  in., 9.8 cm
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Provenance

Spink & Son, London, 23rd September 1982.
Collection of Florence (1920-2018) and Herbert (1917-2016) Irving, no. 397.

Catalogue Note

Together, the deer (lu) and crane (he) form the rebus for liuhe, suggesting the phrase liuhe tongchun ('the universe is enjoying spring or longevity'). The blessing is emphasized by the presence of other emblems associated with longevity, such as the peach and chrysanthemum. 

A 'deer and bird' group sold at Christie's New York, 24th March 2004, lot 42. For jade carvings of deer holding sprigs of lingzhi, see one sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27th October 2003, lot 822, and another sold at Christie's Paris, 22nd November 2005, lot 25. Compare also a white and brown jade 'deer and badger' carving sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 30th May 2019, lot 594.

Chinese Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Florence and Herbert Irving Gift

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New York