3431
3431
A YELLOW AND RUSSET JADE FIGURE OF AN ELEPHANT
SONG – MING DYNASTY
Estimate
250,000350,000
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3431
A YELLOW AND RUSSET JADE FIGURE OF AN ELEPHANT
SONG – MING DYNASTY
Estimate
250,000350,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Robert Youngman Collection of Chinese Jade II

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Hong Kong

A YELLOW AND RUSSET JADE FIGURE OF AN ELEPHANT
SONG – MING DYNASTY
the recumbent animal with its tail curled alongside its rear haunch with wrinkled skin, its head turned to one side, with flap ears folded on either side of its slit eyes, and a pair of curved tusks flanking a curled trunk, the stone of a yellowish celadon tone suffused with golden russet patches
5.4 cm, 2 1/8  in.
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Catalogue Note

The carver of this elephant figure has produced a fine naturalistic sculpture, with the body skilfully fashioned and perfectly balanced. Small jade animal sculptures, generally carved in a reclining or seated pose, were made for the scholar’s studio and used as paperweights.

A smaller yellow and brown jade elephant formerly in the collection of Dr Ip Yee collection, attributed to the 15th/16th century, included in the exhibition Chinese Jade Carving, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong 1983, cat. no. 151, was sold at Christie’s New York, 20th/21st March 2014, lot 2481. Compare also a russet jade figure of an elephant and boy, attributed to the Yuan to Ming dynasty, from the collection of H.R.H. Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, sold at Christie's Paris, 10th December 2014, lot 5, and again in these rooms, 3rd October 2017, lot 3758.

The Robert Youngman Collection of Chinese Jade II

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Hong Kong