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    Sale 2611

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1901

    A VERY RARE LARGE TIANHUANG BOULDER

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    A VERY RARE LARGE TIANHUANG BOULDER
    QING DYNASTY (1644-1911)

    Of irregular shape, finely carved in shallow relief to depict aged pine trees variously growing on rocky grounds and crevices, detailed with five bats in flight amidst wispy clouds, the design incorporating the natural colour and formation of the stone, the stone of a rich caramel brown tone
    5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) across, box
    Weight: 1162g


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    Tianhuang, 'Yellow Field', is the most treasured of all soapstones from the Shoushan region, Fujiang province. The colour of tianhuang stones varies from greyish to golden yellow, and is often suffused with red net-like markings known as 'radish veins', as can be seen in the present boulder.

    It is very rare to find tianhuang carvings of such exceptionally large size. Compare with a tianhuang recumbent lion from the collection of Wu Pu Xin, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 7 October 2006, lot 916.

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