25 March 2010,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 18,750
Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 12,000
A RARE SMALL SHELL-PINK SOAPSTONE WINE CUP
The semi-translucent stone carved in high relief around the sides with the baxian (Eight Daoist Immortals) standing on a band of clouds
1 15/16 in. (5 cm.) diam., box
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This exquisite small cup appears to be unique in both design and in the unusual soft orange-beige coloration of the stone. The Eight Daoist Immortals represent five mythical and three historical individuals with magical powers which can be used to intercede on behalf of mortals.
Shuisongshi Shanfang Collection.
Mary and George Bloch Collection; Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 23 October 2005, lot 123.