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Auction Description for Michaan's: Fine Asian Works of Art
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Auction Preview Dates/Times: Friday, May 31; Noon-5pm Saturday, June 1; 10am-5pm Sunday, June 2; 9am-5pm Friday, June 7; 9am-5pm Friday, June 21; Noon-5pm Saturday, June 22; 9am-5pm Sunday, June 23; 9am-end of auction

Fine Asian Works of Art

by Michaan's Auctions


305 lots with images

June 23, 2013

Live Auction

2751 Todd St

Alameda, CA, 94501 USA

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Three Archaistic Jade Carvings

Lot 3001: Three Archaistic Jade Carvings

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Description: Three Archaistic Jade Carvings, The first a belt buckle decorated with c-scroll patterns, the stone exhibiting russet and milky-white inclusions; the second an elongated bi with two chilong encircling the central aperture, russet inclusions; the third an ax form carved with a taotie mask and c-scrolls. Longest: 3 1/2 inches (9 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Three Jade Archer's Rings

Lot 3002: Three Jade Archer's Rings

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Description: Three Jade Archer's Rings, The first of fine white stone skillfully worked in relief with archaistic motifs between key-fret borders; the second crisply carved in low relief with similar archaistic motifs; the third with a raised geometric patterned band encircling the exterior. Tallest: 1 1/16 inches (2.6 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Two Jade Archer's Rings

Lot 3003: Two Jade Archer's Rings

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Description: Two Jade Archer's Rings, The first skillfully carved in relief to depict a bat highlighted by the stone's russet skin; the second carved with a flat side also displaying its russet skin. Widest: 1 1/4 inches (3.2 cm)

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Three Jade Plaques

Lot 3004: Three Jade Plaques

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Description: Three Jade Plaques, The first of circular form carved in relief with a pair of leafy peaches and two bats; the second of oval form carved in relief to depict two bearded gentlemen in a mountainous setting beneath a large pine tree; the third of lobed oval form, the cental panel carved in relief to depict a male figure and attendant in a forest, all within a raised border. Longest: 4 3/8 inches (11.1 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Two Jade Carvings

Lot 3005: Two Jade Carvings

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Description: Two Jade Carvings, The first carved to depict two boys lifting a large Chinese coin with an inscription reading 'Tian Xia Tai Ping,' reversed by an incised sun and crescent moon emblem; the second is a shaped plaque in the form of a seated qilin beast with rounded features. Longest: 3 5/16 inches (8.5 cm) [Chips, minor losses. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Four Jade 'Grape' Carvings

Lot 3006: Four Jade 'Grape' Carvings

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Description: Four Jade 'Grape' Carvings, The first carved from a translucent white stone featuring a squirrel on a bunch of grapes; the second is a semi-translucent white stone with russet inclusions featuring two squirrels next to a fruit-bearing grape vine; the third is a semi-translucent pale celadon stone with a patch of russet inclusions featuring two squirrels amidst leafy grapes; the fourth depicts a single bunch of grapes resting on an elongated leaf. Longest: 3 inches (7.6 cm) [Chips, minor losses. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Four White Jade Pendants

Lot 3007: Four White Jade Pendants

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Description: Four White Jade Pendants, The first of goldfish swimming in a lotus pond; the second carved in high relief to depict a squirrel climbing on grape vines; the third a stylized archaistic form fish; the fourth of a double gourd group issuing from leafy vines; all suffused with russet inclusions. Longest: 2 1/8 inches (5.2 cm)

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Two White Jade Pendants

Lot 3008: Two White Jade Pendants

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Description: Two White Jade Pendants, Both of rectangular stepped shape with scrolling clouds on the top, carved to one side with a basket of auspicious objects including peaches and lingzhi fungus, the reverse with a two-character inscription, all within a raised border. Length: 2 3/8 inches (6 cm) each

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Three White Jade Belt Hooks

Lot 3009: Three White Jade Belt Hooks

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Description: Three White Jade Belt Hooks, The first finely carved in relief with an archaistic c-scroll design and dragon head terminal, the knob on the underside with a wave pattern; the second carved and pierced with a sinuous dragon with scrolling bifurcated tail, clutching a long lingzhi spray in its jaws, the large terminal end formed as the head of a double horned dragon; the third with a plain curving shaft carved with a dragon-head terminal. 19th Century, Longest: 6 inches (15.2 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Two White Jade Pendants

Lot 3010: Two White Jade Pendants

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Description: Two White Jade Pendants, The first a rounded rectangular plaque carved in low relief to both sides with archaistic style phoenixes and an inscription, the semi-translucent stone of even white color; the second also carved in low relief to one side with dwellings under a pine tree, and to the reverse with a seven-character inscription, all within narrow raised borders below ruyi scrolls at the top. Longest: 2 inches (5.1 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Three Jade Pendants

Lot 3011: Three Jade Pendants

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Description: Three Jade Pendants, The first carved with a seated female figure reading a book under tree, the reverse with a four-verse inscription; the second features a lingzhi fungus branch to one side, the reverse with a two-character seal, all bordered by scrolling clouds; the third has two peaches and a bat to one side, the reverse with a two-character seal. Tallest: 2 1/16 inches (5.2 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Two Reticulated White Jade Pendants

Lot 3012: Two Reticulated White Jade Pendants

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Description: Two Reticulated White Jade Pendants, The first carved and pierced in the form of a flower basket, the translucent stone of milky white color with tiny black inclusions; the second of the double-fish motif signifying harmonious friendship, the semi-translucent stone of white color with some flaky white inclusions. Longest: 3 1/16 inches (7.7 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Three Jade Belt Ornaments

Lot 3013: Three Jade Belt Ornaments

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Description: Three Jade Belt Ornaments, The first a two-piece dragon belt buckle carved in low relief with lotus flowers; the second an archaistic style belt hook carved with stylized lingzhi; the third is a former belt hook in the form of a crouching sinuous chilong dragon. Longest: 4 1/8 inches (10.5 cm) [Chips, alteration. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Two Jade 'Phoenix' Plaques

Lot 3014: Two Jade 'Phoenix' Plaques

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Description: Two Jade 'Phoenix' Plaques, The first carved with archaistic motifs, the pale celadon stone with deep russet inclusions to one side; the second is similarly carved but smaller in size, the stone of an opaque consistency. Longest: 6 1/4 inches (16 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Two White Jade 'Mythical Beast' Pendants

Lot 3015: Two White Jade 'Mythical Beast' Pendants

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Description: Two White Jade 'Mythical Beast' Pendants, The first in the form of a crouching feline beast, the semi-translucent stone of an even milky-white tone; the second of a pair of chilong dragons clambering upon a bi disk, the semi-translucent white stone with white flaky inclusions. Longest: 2 7/16 inches (6.1 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Three White Jade Figural Carvings

Lot 3016: Three White Jade Figural Carvings

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Description: Three White Jade Figural Carvings, The first a boy shown standing while holding a lingzhi fungus; the second of two boys partaking in a wrestling match; the third also of two boys in a playful pursuit; accompanied by an associated tiered wood stand. Tallest: 1 7/8 inches (4.7 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Four Jade Carvings

Lot 3017: Four Jade Carvings

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Description: Four Jade Carvings, The first a group of three lambs with a lingzhi fungus branch; the second is of the Daoist immortal, Zhongli Quan; the third carved with two bats; the fourth a flattened crab with reticulated legs. Longest: 2 3/4 inches (7 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Four Jade Carvings

Lot 3018: Four Jade Carvings

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Description: Four Jade Carvings, The first of two monkeys perched on a large gourd; the second a white stone with russet inclusions carved to depict a double gourd group; the third carved as a melon group with an attached leafy branch and a butterfly; the fourth a large peach and a lingzhi fungus branch. Longest: 2 1/2 inches (6.4 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Four Jade Archer's Rings

Lot 3019: Four Jade Archer's Rings

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Description: Four Jade Archer's Rings, The first of 'chicken bone' quality carved with a qilin and a four-character verse; the second with deep russet inclusions carved with a deer and a mythical beast; the third carved with archaistic motifs; the fourth of slightly tapered form and dark inclusions. Tallest: 1 1/16 inches (2.6 cm) [Chips, losses. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Four Jade Animal Carvings

Lot 3020: Four Jade Animal Carvings

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Description: Four Jade Animal Carvings, Consisting of a dog resting upon leafy foliage, two recumbent lion groups, and a reclining badger with a bat on its back, each carving suffused with russet inclusions. Longest: 2 7/8 inches (7.3 cm) [Chips, losses. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Three Jade Carvings

Lot 3021: Three Jade Carvings

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Description: Three Jade Carvings, Consisting a bi disk carved with archaistic motifs to both sides, a rectangular belt buckle with figures alongside trees and rocks, and a shaped pendant carved with a dragon and phoenix in the archaistic style. Longest: 3 inches (7.6 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Three Jade 'Locks'

Lot 3022: Three Jade 'Locks'

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Description: Three Jade 'Locks', With two of ruyi-head form, carved in low relief to the upper surface with a combination of peonies, bats, and four-character inscriptions; the third of rectangular shape, carved and pierced with two scroll ends surrounding a central panel depicting peonies reversed by a four-character inscription. Longest: 3 1/8 inches (7.9 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Three White Jade Pendants

Lot 3023: Three White Jade Pendants

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Description: Three White Jade Pendants, The first a circular form pendant with foliated rims, the central panel carved with flowers, the reverse with overlapping petals; the second is of a ruyi-head form carved with a boy riding a water dragon to one side, reversed by a boy riding a qilin; the third is also carved with a boy to one side, the reverse with a four-character seal, all within raised borders and a ruyi-head on the top for suspension. Widest: 3 1/8 inches (8 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Three Jade 'Butterfly' Plaques

Lot 3024: Three Jade 'Butterfly' Plaques

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Description: Three Jade 'Butterfly' Plaques, Each of reticulated design; the first decorated with swastikas; the second carved in three layers reversed by flowering leafy stems to one side; the third is of an elaborate butterfly with its wings outstretched, the reverse left blank. Widest: 3 5/8 inches (9.3 cm) [Chips, repaired crack to one plaque. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Four Reticulated White Jade Plaques

Lot 3025: Four Reticulated White Jade Plaques

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Description: Four Reticulated White Jade Plaques, The first of two confronting dragons surrounding an oval bi disk above a bat; the second depicting a chime with tassels suspending two fish; the third is a s-form archaistic style dragon; the fourth carved as a dragon boat with incised details. Longest: 3 5/8 inches (9.2 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Two White Jade Pendants

Lot 3026: Two White Jade Pendants

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Description: Two White Jade Pendants, The first of rectangular form, delicately carved in relief to one side with a Daoist immortal carrying a small boy, the reverse with a central four-character seal mark; the second of rectangular form with rounded corners, carved to one side with a boy riding a qilin beast, the reverse with a dragon hovering above crashing waves. Tallest: 2 3/8 inches (6.1 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Two Jade Double Gourd-Form Pendants

Lot 3027: Two Jade Double Gourd-Form Pendants

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Description: Two Jade Double Gourd-Form Pendants, Each carved in low relief to one side with the characters 'da ji' (great auspiciousness), reversed by the characters 'tian xi' (happiness under heaven), all bordered by vines carved along the edges, both with conjoined openwork leaves at the top to form a suspension loop, the semi-translucent stone of even white color. Height: 3 1/8 inches (7.9 cm) each

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Three Jade Pendants

Lot 3028: Three Jade Pendants

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Description: Three Jade Pendants, The first of two pea pods with leafy tendrils; the second an oval shape pendant carved in relief to depict pine trees and flowers; the third a reticulated pendant featuring a dragon fly and lingzhi fungus branch on a tasseled palm leaf fan. Longest: 2 1/2 inches (6.3 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Four Jade 'Fruit' Carvings

Lot 3029: Four Jade 'Fruit' Carvings

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Description: Four Jade 'Fruit' Carvings, The first a leafy pea pod with a butterfly on it; the second of three pea pods with two beetles; the third carved with two melons and a butterfly; the fourth is a lotus seed pod and flower with a beetle. Longest: 3 1/2 inches (8.9 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Two Jade 'Chilong' Plaques

Lot 3030: Two Jade 'Chilong' Plaques

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Description: Two Jade 'Chilong' Plaques, The larger carved and pierced in high relief with two confronting chilong dragons encircling the aperture of an archaistic style jade carving; the smaller one similarly carved. Longest: 4 inches (10.2 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Four Jade Carvings

Lot 3031: Four Jade Carvings

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Description: Four Jade Carvings, The first a pebble form pendant featuring a bearded gentlemen riding a horse under a pine tree, reversed by two cranes in a prunus tree next to a large garden rock; the second is a carp swimming in a lotus pond; the third and fourth depicting peach groups with bats. Longest: 2 7/16 inches (6.3 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Three White Jade Carvings of Mandarin Ducks

Lot 3032: Three White Jade Carvings of Mandarin Ducks

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Description: Three White Jade Carvings of Mandarin Ducks, The first a pair of mandarin ducks in opposition with a lotus plant; the second a single mandarin duck; the third is of flattened oval form carved in relief with a pair of mandarin ducks in a lotus pond, russet inclusions. Longest: 2 5/8 inches (6.8 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Three White Jade Carvings

Lot 3033: Three White Jade Carvings

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Description: Three White Jade Carvings, The first of a bird perched on a several peaches, the translucent stone of an even milky-white color with patches of russet inclusions; the second of a swan grasping a lotus plant in its beak, the translucent stone of a even white color; the third of a long tail bird perched on a blossoming prunus branch, the stone of semi-translucent white color with patches of russet inclusions. Longest: 2 inches (5.1 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Five Jade 'Cicada' Pendants

Lot 3034: Five Jade 'Cicada' Pendants

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Description: Five Jade 'Cicada' Pendants, Each skillfully carved in varying levels of relief to depict cicada insects, the emblem of immortality; one shown resting in a curling leaf, and one with russet inclusions. Longest: 2 7/16 inches (6.5 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Five Jade 'Fruit' Carvings

Lot 3035: Five Jade 'Fruit' Carvings

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Description: Five Jade 'Fruit' Carvings, The first depicting a double gourd group with gourds varying in size; the second of a water caltrop; the third of a Buddha's hand citron; the fourth depicting two gourds and a butterfly on a large incised leaf; the fifth of two pea pods. Longest: 3 inches (7.6 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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A Jade Carving of a Lychee Group

Lot 3036: A Jade Carving of a Lychee Group

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Description: A Jade Carving of a Lychee Group, The well-carved semi-translucent nephrite lychees of pale celadon color suffused with intense russet inclusions, shown issuing from a leafy branch. Length: 2 3/8 inches (6 cm)

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Three Jade 'Fruit' Carvings

Lot 3037: Three Jade 'Fruit' Carvings

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Description: Three Jade 'Fruit' Carvings, The first of two pea pods with reddish-brown inclusions; the second of two gourds, the translucent white stone with milky-white patches; the third of two aubergines carved with a butterfly, the semi-translucent stone with a celadon hue. Longest: 2 1/2 inches (6.3 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Five Jade Recumbent 'Animal' Carvings

Lot 3038: Five Jade Recumbent 'Animal' Carvings

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Description: Three Jade Recumbent 'Animal' Carvings, The first of a deer holding a stylized lingzhi branch in its mouth; the second a ram with a lingzhi branch in its mouth; the third a small reclining horse carving; each with a fitted wood stand. Longest: 3 1/4 inches (8.2 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Two Carved Jade 'Mythical Beasts', 18th C.

Lot 3039: Two Carved Jade 'Mythical Beasts', 18th C.

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Description: Two Carved Jade 'Mythical Beasts', The first a crouching qilin figure; the second a lion group with intricate incised fur details, each with a fitted wood stand. 18th Century, Longest, 3 inches (7.6 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Two Jade Carvings

Lot 3040: Two Jade Carvings

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Description: Two Jade Carvings, The first depicting a mandarin duck, the opaque stone of deep gray mottled with black and cream hues; the second a mountain form carved in relief with a landscape of bamboo and pine, the opaque stone of pale yellowish-brown; each with a fitted wood stand. Widest: 4 1/4 inches (10.7 cm) excluding stand [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Five Small Jade Carvings

Lot 3041: Five Small Jade Carvings

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Description: Five Small Jade Carvings, The first a rounded archaistic style mouse; the second a lotus seed pod with opaque black inclusions; the third a caramel colored gourd group; the fourth and fifth each carved to depict a leafy peach. Widest: 2 3/4 inches (6.9 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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A White Jade Toggle

Lot 3042: A White Jade Toggle

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Description: A White Jade Toggle, The even white-toned stone of ovoid form, smoothly carved to depict two catfish in opposition with a lingzhi branch in the center, one edge bordered by curling waves. Width: 2 3/4 inches (6.9 cm) [Pinpoint chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Five White Jade 'Animal' Carvings, 18th C.

Lot 3043: Five White Jade 'Animal' Carvings, 18th C.

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Description: Five White Jade 'Animal' Carvings, Comprising a pendant carved with a recumbent badger resting on a gourd-form platform, a small recumbent badger toggle, a toggle carved as a catfish with a lingzhi fungus branch, a pig-form toggle, and an elongated toggle carved with a chilong dragon to one side reversed by a crouching tiger. 18th Century, Longest: 2 1/4 inches (5.7 cm), Provenance:San Francisco private estate collection. This superb collection was primarily acquired from Sotheby's Hong Kong and New York during the 1970s and 80s. [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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A White Jade Carving of a Boy

Lot 3043A: A White Jade Carving of a Boy

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Description: A White Jade Carving of a Boy, The rounded smiling figure wearing draping robes while holding a large leafy branch heavy with peaches, a bat carved to the top, the translucent white stone exhibiting russet inclusions. Height: 2 1/8 inches (5.4 cm)

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A Jade Plaque, Ming Dynasty

Lot 3044: A Jade Plaque, Ming Dynasty

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Description: A Jade Plaque, The foliated rectangular pendant carved in high relief with two opposing chilong dragons surrounding a lingzhi fungus, the shorter sides pierced to create a space possibly for a tassel or belt. Ming Dynasty, Width: 3 1/28 inches (7.9 cm) [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Seven Carved Jade Pendants, Qing Dynasty

Lot 3045: Seven Carved Jade Pendants, Qing Dynasty

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Description: Seven Carved Jade Pendants, Comprising a circular pendant carved as a fish-form dragon, a pendant carved with flowers and insects, a pendant in the form of a lock with carved characters, a plain and oval-shaped pendant, and three toggles in the form of a lotus root cross sections. Qing Dynasty, Longest: 2 7/16 inches (6.2 cm), Provenance:San Francisco private estate collection. This superb collection was primarily acquired from Sotheby's Hong Kong and New York during the 1970s and 80s. [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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8 White Jade Carvings of Immortals, Qing Dynasty

Lot 3046: 8 White Jade Carvings of Immortals, Qing Dynasty

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Description: Eight Small White Jade Carvings of Immortals, Each Daoist immortal carved and pierced in relief showing their respective attribute. Qing Dynasty, Length: 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm) each, Provenance:San Francisco private estate collection. This superb collection was primarily acquired from Sotheby's Hong Kong and New York during the 1970s and 80s. [Small chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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A White Jade Mouth Piece

Lot 3046A: A White Jade Mouth Piece

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Description: A White Jade Mouth Piece, The ovoid cylinder incised with a sinuous chilong dragon encircling the exterior, pierced at either end. Length: 2 1/8 inches (5.4 cm)

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Two Jade Figures of Mythical Creatures, Ming

Lot 3047: Two Jade Figures of Mythical Creatures, Ming

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Description: Two Jade Figures of Mythical Creatures, Comprising a stag shown resting upon all four legs, and a recumbent qilin. Ming Dynasty, Longest: 2 1/8 inches (5.3 cm), Provenance:San Francisco private estate collection. This superb collection was primarily acquired from Sotheby's Hong Kong and New York during the 1970s and 80s. [Overbear, chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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Five Small Jade Carvings, Qing Dynasty

Lot 3048: Five Small Jade Carvings, Qing Dynasty

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Description: Five Small Jade Carvings, Composed of two gourd groups, a fruit-form toggle, a toggle carved with two lingzhi fungus, and a small carving of two fish. Qing Dynasty, Longest: 1 7/8 inches (4.8 cm), Provenance:San Francisco private estate collection. This superb collection was primarily acquired from Sotheby's Hong Kong and New York during the 1970s and 80s. [Chips. This condition report states major condition issues only]

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