26 mai 2019

A white jade 'boy and drum' group, Song-Yuan Dynasty



Lot 202. A white jade 'boy and drum' group, Song-Yuan Dynasty; 6cm (2 3/8) wide. Estimate £ 8,000 - 12,000. Sold for £ 18,812 (€ 21,300). © Bonhams 2001-2019.

Finely carved as a recumbent boy, lying in a relaxed posture wearing a short tunic, his head raised and his face rendered with a cheerful expression, holding between his outstretched arms a drum, the stone of even greenish-white tone with russet inclusions cleverly utilised to accentuate the forehead, box. 

Provenance: Christie's Paris, 11 June 2014, lot 150
Durwin Tang Collection.

NoteEarly figures in jade with such design are very rare. Compare a later example, with a boy leaning against a drum, Ming dynasty, illustrated in Exquisite Jade Carving, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1996, no.21, which was later sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8 October 2008, lot 23030

 Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, London, 16 May 2019

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