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    Important Chinese Jades from the Personal Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman Part II

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1559

    A RARE THREE COLOUR JADE GROUP OF A BUFFALO AND QILIN

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RARE THREE COLOUR JADE GROUP OF A BUFFALO AND QILIN
    MING DYNASTY, 16TH/17TH CENTURY

    The large group well carved as a recumbent buffalo with its head turned to the left with wispy ruyi clouds issuing from its mouth, falling and gathering to form a platform for a smaller qilin seated playfully on its left side, cleverly carved using the green portion of the jade, the buffalo's broad back highlighted in russet tones above a long stem of millet to the reverse, the stone of graduating tone from pale celadon to bright green, with russet surface inclusions
    7 1/8 in. (17.9 cm.) long


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    Previously sold at Sotheby's London, 20 October 1969, lot 155.

    Provenance

    Victor Topper, Toronto, Canada
    Sotheby's London, 20 October 1969, lot 155


    Literature

    Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no. 60


    Exhibited

    Christie's New York, 13-26 March 2001
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, August 2003 - December 2004