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676

PROPERTY FROM A MAINE PRIVATE COLLECTION

A SOAPSTONE 'MYTHICAL BEAST' SEAL BY YANG YUXUAN
17TH CENTURY
Estimate
10,00015,000
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676

PROPERTY FROM A MAINE PRIVATE COLLECTION

A SOAPSTONE 'MYTHICAL BEAST' SEAL BY YANG YUXUAN
17TH CENTURY
Estimate
10,00015,000
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Details & Cataloguing

Important Chinese Art

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A SOAPSTONE 'MYTHICAL BEAST' SEAL BY YANG YUXUAN
17TH CENTURY
exquisitely carved and detailed with the beast seated and resting on the hind legs and the head curled around to face behind, the features all delicately carved with the brows, mane and tail finely delineated, with contoured naturalistic musculature carved to the body and haunches, carved from a creamy beige toned stone, signed 'Yuxuan' to one side, the seal face polished
Height 1 1/2  in., 4 cm
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Provenance

Imperial Oriental Art, New York.

Catalogue Note

Yang Ji (zi Yuxuan) was an outstanding carver active during the mid-17th century. Yang came from Zhangpu in Fujian province, and lived most of his life in Fuzhou. In the District Gazetteer of the area compiled in the Kangxi period, it is noted that "All his figures, birds and animals and his vessels are exquisite in the extreme. Collectors compete to engage him". For a discussion of Yang's work, see Hugh Moss, Arts from the Scholar's Studio, Fung Ping Shan Museum, Hong Kong, 1986, cat. no. 45.

Compare a related soapstone seal, signed Yuxuan, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 4th April 2017, lot 188. See also a soapstone carved mythical beast signed Yuxuan in a similar script, sold Christie's Hong Kong, 1st June 2016, lot 3206. 

Important Chinese Art

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New York