Lot 249. A yellow jade 'Boys and Cat' group, 17th-18th century. Height 2 1/2 in., 6.4 cm. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot sold 125,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
supported on a short stem-foot encircled by a raised fillet, the body rising conically before sweeping in at the shoulder to a cylindrical neck and galleried rim, stylized 'cicada' pendants carved in low relief extending from the shoulder down the body, the neck, shoulder, and lower body each set with four beast-mask handles carved in high relief and suspending loose rings, the petal-fluted domed cover surmounted by a floriform knop, the pale green stone evenly suffused with icy white inclusions, wood stand (3).
Provenance: Purchased in Hong Kong, 1964.
Literature: Robert P. Youngman, The Youngman Collection of Chinese Jades from Neolithic to Qing, Chicago, 2008, pl. 184.
Similar treatments of boys can be seen in a gray jade figure of a boy carrying a lantern, from the Chi-jou Chai Collection, included in Chinese Jades from Han to Ch'ing, Asia Society, New York, 1980, cat. no. 97; a yellowish-green jade carving of a group of boys carrying a vase, from the Bie Shan Tang Collection, exhibited in Chinese Jade Carving, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1983, cat. no. 204; a pale green jade carving of a child holding a lotus leaf, from the Tingsong Shuwu Collection and included in the same exhibition, ibid., cat. no. 167; and a white jade carving of three boys holding a lotus, from the Chang Shou Studio Collection, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 5th April 2017, lot 3315.
Sotheby's. The Robert Youngman Collection of Chinese Jade, New York, 19 March 2019