ARCHAIC AND ARCHAISTIC JADES FROM THE MICHAEL GULBENKIAN COLLECTION
A RARE CELADON AND RUSSET JADE FIGURE OF A MYTHICAL BEAST
the beast seated with its large head raised and turned to the right, with folds of skin and prominent fangs, whiskers and an flanged mane, the rippled body with finely incised archaistic scroll work delineating the beast's fur, the tail curled between muscular legs, the softly polished stone of celadon tone with a splashes of light warm russet skin, wood stand
Length 13.4 cm, 5¼ in.
The jade carving is in very good condition.
"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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Louis Joseph, London.