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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 273

    A GREYISH-WHITE AND BLACK JADE CARVING OF A CAT

    MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GREYISH-WHITE AND BLACK JADE CARVING OF A CAT
    MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
    Carved from the natural pebble form as a recumbent cat wrapped in a long cloth tied in a bow at its back, its eyes wide open in an intent gaze above its long whiskers, with its head resting on its front paws and its long tail flicked up onto its back, the stone of a mottled greyish-white color with some black inclusions; together with a small agate carving, 18th/19th century, in the form of a conch shell on a lotus leaf carved from the translucent mottled green portion of the stone, the reverse with a small bird grasping a leafy sprig in its mouth
    2 3/8 and 1 7/8 in. (6 and 4.8 cm.) long (2)


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    Provenance

    The cat: Robert Hall, London, 5 April 1979.
    The agate shell: Hugh M. Moss, Ltd., London.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE J & J COLLECTION