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A pale green and brown jade figure of a tiger, Ming dynasty | 明 玉臥虎

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 80,000 USD

Property from the Junkunc Collection

A pale green and brown jade figure of a tiger, Ming dynasty | 明 玉臥虎

A pale green and brown jade figure of a tiger, Ming dynasty | 明 玉臥虎

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 80,000 USD

Lot sold:

75,600

USD

A pale green and brown jade figure of a tiger

Ming dynasty

明 玉臥虎


carved in the round, the coiled recumbent feline with legs tucked underneath, the head lowered resting on the front paws, the long tail curled around the body and nestled between the head and paws, the face with squared eyes above a ruyi-form nose and straight mouth indicated by a single incised line, the small circular ears relaxed, the body with a neatly defined spine and sparsely detailed with incised lines, the stone a greenish-beige color with russet and brown inclusions


Width 1⅝ in., 4.2 cm

There is a small shallow chip to the front right claw and a few small chips along the edges of the tail. Otherwise, the carving is in overall good condition with expected natural fissures to the stone. The actual color is less green compared to the catalogue illustration.


前右爪及尾巴有些許細微淺磕。除此之外整體品相良好。玉料有天然綹。實物比圖錄顏色稍青。


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.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.


我們很高興為您提供上述拍品狀況報告。由於敝公司非專業修復人員,在此敦促您徵詢其他專業修復人員,以獲得更詳盡、專業之報告。


準買家應該檢查每件拍品以確認其狀況,蘇富比所作的任何陳述均為主觀看法而非事實陳述。雖然本狀況報告或有針對某拍品之討論,但所有拍賣品均根據印於圖錄內之業務規則以拍賣時狀況出售。

C.T. Loo, New York, 19th April 1951.

Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978). 


來源

盧芹齋,紐約,1951年4月19日

史蒂芬•瓊肯三世(1978年逝)收藏

Alfred Salmony, Chinese Jade Through the Wei Dynasty, New York, 1963, pl. XXV, fig. 1 a-b. 


出版

Alfred Salmony,《Chinese Jade Through the Wei Dynasty》,紐約,1963年,圖版XXV,圖1 a-b

The pictorial tradition of depicting tigers in Chinese art has been traced back to circa 4000 BC, when profile images of the a tiger and dragon were placed on either side of a human skeleton at a burial site at Xishuipo, Puyang, Henan province. Later, the tiger would be included as one of the four directional animals, sishen, representing the west. 


The present lot is inspired by jade tigers from the Han dynasty which are typically carved in coiled recumbent or seated positions, following the form of the pebble, and carved with squared eyes, sparsely incised details and a flattened base. Compare one, with the head raised, in the collection of Brian McElney, included in the exhibition Chinese Jades from Han to Ch'ing, Asia House Gallery, New York, 1980, cat. no. 9; one with the mouth agape, illustrated in Alfred Salmony, Archaic Chinese Jades from the Edward and Louise B. Sonnenschein Collection, Chicago, 1952, pl. CVI, fig. 1; another in the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Jadeware (I), Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 199; and two included in the exhibition Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. nos 45-46. Another, formerly in the collection of Jon Edwards, was sold at Christie's New York, 2nd December 1989, lot. 185. 


Such jade carvings also relate to cast bronze forms of the Han dynasty, including a number of gilt-bronze and inlaid-bronze mat weights. Compare a single tiger-form gilt-bronze mat weight from the Alsdorf Collection, included in the exhibition Arts of the Han Dynasty, Chinese Art Society of America, New York, 1961, cat. no. 58; and a similar pair included in the exhibition A Bronze Menagerie: Mat Weights of Early China, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, 2007, cat. no. 1.