An unusual green and russet jade carving of a mythological animal, 17th century. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2008
The recumbent beast carved with head turned slightly to its right and with mouth open exposing the large, protruding teeth, with fierce expression and intent gaze above the ruyi-head form nose, a large curved horn set in back of its head amidst finely carved tufts of hair and between downcast ears, its pointed, bushy tail parted in curls and flicked up onto its haunches, which are outlined by wave-shaped scrolls; 4½ in. (11.4 cm.) long. Estimate $10,000 – $15,000. Price Realized $32,500
Provenance: Spink & Son, Ltd., London, 1970s.
Christie’s. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART. 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.