Lot 172. A fine Chinese jade carving of Bi Xie, Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Estimate $ 5,000-8,000. Photo Leonard Joel.
The mythical animal recumbent and carved with full rounded body, the head turned backwards, and grasping a long, leafy 'lingzhi' spray (the sacred mushroom) in its mouth, its back paws slightly raised, the pale green jade with a few russet inclusions, 10cm length, with decorative wooden stand.
Note: For similar, please see Christie's, New York, 30 March 2005, lot 111; Sotheby's, London, 6 November 2013, lot 283; Sotheby's, London, 14 May 2008, Lot 583
A celadon jade mythical beast, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Unsold at Sotheby's, London, 6 November 2013, lot 283. Photo: Sotheby's
Leonard Joel. The Decorative Arts Collection of James Fairfax AC, 18:30 AEST, Thursday 31 Aug