ARCHAIC AND ARCHAISTIC JADES FROM THE MICHAEL GULBENKIAN COLLECTION
A SMALL CELADON JADE OWL
SONG DYNASTY- MING DYNASTY
naturalistically carved in the round with its feet tucked and wings neatly folded, the plumage detailed with incised lines and carved grooves, the softly polished celadon stone highlighted with light brown streaks
Height 4.5 cm, 1¾ in.
The carving is in very good condition.
The actual colour is less yellow 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.
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."
For a very similar carving, described as an owl finial and dated to the Six Dynasties, see Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1996, cat. no. 63.