27 November 2007,
Price Realised HKD 607,500
Estimate HKD 150,000 - HKD 200,000
A WHITE JADE 'HORSE AND MONEY' GROUP
QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
Well carved in the round as a recumbent horse with its head turned, back towards on a monkey clambering on its back, playfully teasing the horse by pulling on the horse's harness, the even white stone mottled with russet patches highlighting the carving
3 in. (7.7 cm.) wide
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The combination of the horse and monkey forms the rebus Ma shang feng hou, an auspicious wish for a speedy promotion to a higher rank of office. As such, the subject-matter was particularly popular for those hoping for elevated position in officialdom. This charming portrayal continued into the later period.
Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no.184.
Christie's New York, March 13-26, 2001
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, August 2003 - December 2004