GRAND POISSON EN JADE CELADON ET ROUILLE
GRAND POISSON EN JADE CELADON ET ROUILLE
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GRAND POISSON EN JADE CELADON ET ROUILLE

CHINE, DYNASTIE MING (1368-1644)

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GRAND POISSON EN JADE CELADON ET ROUILLE
CHINE, DYNASTIE MING (1368-1644)
Finement sculpté de manière réaliste, le grand poisson tient des branchages de lotus dans sa gueule. Ses nageoires sont finement incisées. La pierre présente quelques inclusions de couleur rouille.
Longueur: 20,3 cm. (8 in.), socle
Provenance
Previously in an English private collection.
Christie's London, South Kensington, 16 May 2012, lot 553.
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Post lot text
A LARGE CELADON AND RUSSET JADE FIGURE OF A FISH
CHINA, MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)

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Lot Essay

This exquisite carving is rich in auspicious symbolism. The word for fish in Chinese,yu, provides a homonym for 'abundance' while the lotus it grasps in its mouth,he, provides a rebus for 'harmony'. This carving therefore promises abundant peace. This piece compares very closely with a jade carving of a carp amongst waves from the B.S. McElney Collection, illustrated in J. Watt,
Chinese Jades from the Ming to the Ch'ing, The Asia Society, 1980, p. 103, no. 90, illustration on p. 106; and a carp amongst lotus as illustrated in B. Morgan, Chinese Jades from the Kirknorton Collection, London, 1995, no. 75.
See a slightly smaller (16.5 cm.) pale celadon and russet jade carving of a fish holding a lotus, dated 18th century, sold in Christie's Hong Kong, 26 November 2014, lot 3347.
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