6 November 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 4,375
Estimate GBP 400 - GBP 600
A RUSSET BROWN SERPENTINE SOAPSTONE VESSEL, POSSIBLY TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
of cylindrical form, carved to the exterior with horizontal convex bands; and an amber group carving of Shoulao and a female Immortal with a child attendant, the reverse carved with a monkey playing with an oversized peach and a crane perched on a pine tree, 19th Century -- the first, 5¼in. (13.4cm.) diam. (2)
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For a similar piece to the ribbed vessel, see: Mayuyama & Co., Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Vol. 1, Tokyo, p. 98, no. 265.
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Plesch collection; inherited in 1957 (Ws 16); acquired from H.M. Moss, London, April 1980 (Hv 13).
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