Lot 271. A black and pale greyish-green jade figure of a turtle, Ming dynasty (1368-1644);2½ in. (6.3 cm.) long; 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm.) diam. Estimate $4,000 - $6,000. Price Realized $7,500. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008
Cleverly carved utilizing the black markings as the carapace and head, the bent legs and abdomen on the underside carved from the pale greyish-green stone; together with; a black-streaked russet and black jade archaistic sword pommel, with slightly domed central area carved with three comma-shaped spirals accented by feathery markings, two boxes.
Provenance: Both acquired in Hong Kong in the 1950s.
Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.