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A BEIGE JADE 'DRAGON' BOULDER
EARLY QING DYNASTY
Estimate
15,00025,000
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A BEIGE JADE 'DRAGON' BOULDER
EARLY QING DYNASTY
Estimate
15,00025,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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

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A BEIGE JADE 'DRAGON' BOULDER
EARLY QING DYNASTY
carved in the round as a mountainous landscape enveloped in cloud scrolls rising above turbulent waters, one side carved with a ferocious dragon emerging from the waves pursuing a 'Flaming Pearl', a large sun or moon behind the clouds, the beige stone with icy inclusions and flecked with russet along the edges and the reverse, wood stand (2)
Length 4 3/4  in., 12.1 cm
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Provenance

Property of a gentlemen.
Sotheby's London, 6th November 1973, lot 305. 
Spink & Son, London, 23rd December 1981.
Collection of Florence (1920-2018) and Herbert (1917-2016) Irving, no. 378.

Exhibited

An Exhibition of Fine Jade, Spink & Son, London, 1981, cat. no. 19.

Catalogue Note

Although dragons were often featured on gifts to court officials, it is relatively rare for a boulder to depict a dragon. The present scene may illustrate a carp that has reached the gates of Longmen and transformed into a dragon, representing a student who has passed the imperial examinations to become a scholar-official. A yellow jade boulder carved with a large sun or moon at the center, and with a dragon amidst waves, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 8th April 2010, lot 1908. See also a celadon jade carving of a sun or moon enveloped in cloud wisps, carved in a similar manner to the present piece, sold at Christie's New York, 30th March 2005, lot 105. 

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

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New York