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

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1566

    AN EXQUISITE CELADON JADE 'MANDARIN DUCKS' GROUP

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    AN EXQUISITE CELADON JADE 'MANDARIN DUCKS' GROUP
    MING DYNASTY, 16TH/17TH CENTURY

    Finely carved in the round to depict a pair of confronted mandarin ducks, their heads facing opposite directions with necks affectionately entwined, one with a long stem issuing a lotus flower grasped in its beak whilst the other with a spray of lotus leaves, their wings incised to detail plumage, the sides of the bodies are further detailed with lingzhi fungus, the stone of an even celadon tone, suffused with russet inclusions highlighting the overall design
    4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.), stand


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    The present carving has retained the natural shape of the original jade pebble. The craftsman has skilfully utilised the stone so as to provide a sense of naturalistic interaction between the pair of ducks. Mandarin ducks (Latin: Aix galericulata), known as Yuan Yang in Chinese, mate for life and are renowned for their attachment to each other, and in Chinese art mandarin ducks have been prolifically adopted to symbolise conjugal bliss and fidelity.

    Provenance

    Mrs. Betty Schmitt, Miami, Florida


    Literature

    Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no. 61


    Exhibited

    Christie's New York, 13-26 March 2001
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, August 2003 - December 2004
    Jade as Sculpture, Minneapolis, Minneapolis and Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1975, no. 8