ARCHAIC AND ARCHAISTIC JADES FROM THE MICHAEL GULBENKIAN COLLECTION
A MOTTLED JADE FIGURE OF A MYTHICAL CREATURE
MING DYNASTY OR EARLIER
the creature depicted sitting upright, the left hand holding a rosary and the right hand grasping a lotus bud, with two long horns and a long beard, pierced vertically from the top of the head to the feet, the brown stone suffused with russet and grey streaks
Height 4.5 cm, 1¾ in.
The jade mythical creature is in very good condition.
The actual colour is less yellow and more brown than the catalogue illustration.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Desmund Gure Collection (1906-1970) (according to label).
The Kirknorton Collection.
Carter Fine Art Ltd., London.
Carter Fine Art Ltd.， 倫敦
Brian Morgan and Li Boqian, Naturalism & Archaism: Chinese Jades from the Kirknorton Collection, London, 1995, pl. 9.
Naturalism & Archaism: Chinese Jades from the Kirknorton Collection，倫敦，1995年，圖版9
This small figure belongs to a small group of strange mythical creatures carved in the round in the same distinctive posture, all with horns and long triangular beards holding a rosary in one hand. The dating of these ranges from the Six Dynasties Period to the Ming Dynasty. A mottled brown and grey jade figure of a 'squatting monster' dated to the Six Dynasties period is published in Rene-Yvon Lefebvre d'Argence, Chinese Jades in the Avery Brundage Collection, San Francisco, 1977, p. 68, pl. XXVII. Compare also with a very similar figure of a seated mythical creature from the collection of Gerald Godfrey, sold in Christie's Hong Kong, 30th October 1995, lot 863. A third figure from this group dated to the Ming Dynasty, is illustrated in Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1996, cat. no. 146.