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    Sale 7621

    A Private English Collection of White Jade Carvings & Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    4 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 5

    A PAIR OF FINELY CARVED WHITE JADE QUAIL-FORM BOXES AND COVERS

    QIANLONG (1736-95)

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    Estimate

    A PAIR OF FINELY CARVED WHITE JADE QUAIL-FORM BOXES AND COVERS
    QIANLONG (1736-95)
    Each naturalistically carved as a seated quail with its legs tucked under the plump body, the upper half forming the cover perfectly fitted along the scalloped edges on the box, and the plumage incised in minute detail, the stone of an even white tone
    4 in. (10.2 cm.) long (2)


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    An identical quail-form box is in the Beijing Palace Museum, illustrated in Zhongguo Yuqi Quanji, vol. 6, pl. 106. A pair of these boxes from the T. Y. Chao collection was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19 November 1986, lot 144, and illustrated by R. Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 196. Another pair is illustrated by James Watt, Chinese Jades from the Collection of the Seattle Art Museum, Washington, p. 94, no. 73.

    Provenance

    William Clayton Ltd., London, 6 December 1968