• Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5812

    Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles

    6 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 169

    A RUSSET BROWN SERPENTINE SOAPSTONE VESSEL, POSSIBLY TANG DYNASTY (618-907)

    Price Realised  

    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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    Provenance

    Plesch collection; inherited in 1957 (Ws 16); acquired from H.M. Moss, London, April 1980 (Hv 13).