An imperial green jade 'Wufu wudai tang Guxi tianzi bao' seal Qing dynasty, Qianlong period | 清乾隆 乾隆帝御寶青玉交龍鈕方璽 印文：五福五代堂古稀天子寶
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An imperial green jade 'Wufu wudai tang Guxi tianzi bao' seal
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period
清乾隆 乾隆帝御寶青玉交龍鈕方璽 印文：五福五代堂古稀天子寶
of square form, surmounted by a pair of addorsed dragons, each powerfully carved with bulging eyes and flaring nostrils above long whiskers, the mouth open to reveal its curled tongue between sharp fangs, with two long studded horns extending back over its head along a combed mane with finely incised details, the two scaly bodies tightly intertwined and crouching on their haunches, pierced through the centre with an aperture, the seal face carved with the characters Wufu Wudai Tang guxi Tianzi bao (Seal of the Seventy-Year-Old Son of Heaven of The Hall of Five Happinesses and Five Generations), the stone of a greyish-green colour flecked with paler inclusions
l. 13.1 cm, w. 13.1 cm
The seal is in excellent condition.
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Collection of a United States Brigadier General, who held various senior-level positions across Europe before, during, and immediately after World War II, and thence by descent to his grandson resided in the state of Washington.
Sotheby's New York, 19th March 2013, lot 402.