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VERY PALE JADE SCULPTURE REPRESENTING A BIXIE WITH CUB. CHINA, QING. 19TH CENTURY (or earlier)


Rare pale celadon jade, depicting a Bixie with a cub resting on its back. Very high quality carving, as seen in the little details. Also the stone shows a superb color, slightly green, but substantially in a almost white tone, with a very pale end even "hue". No cracks and no repairs, a few hairlines due to the natural texture of the gemstone. Classic example of workmanship of a very high level atelier (possibly imperial), it comes from an important antique english collection, where it has been labelled as Qianlong period, 18th century. In our very conservative approach to these masterpieces of chinese art, we preferred to re-label it generically as Qing period (1644 - 1912) and probably second half of 19th century, even if an earlier date cannot be excluded. The carving is 7.6 cm wide. China, Qing period (1644 - 1912), probably second half of 19th century. 

For comparison, please take a look at the pale celadon jade cup sold at Christie's New York, sale nr. 15487 of 15th may 2018, lot nr. 227 in the photos nr. 2 and 3.