• For the Enjoyment of Scholars: auction at Christies

    Sale 2391

    For the Enjoyment of Scholars: Selections from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 805

    A RARE SMALL SHELL-PINK SOAPSTONE WINE CUP

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RARE SMALL SHELL-PINK SOAPSTONE WINE CUP
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    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.

    Provenance

    Shuisongshi Shanfang Collection.
    Mary and George Bloch Collection; Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 23 October 2005, lot 123.