Lot 32. A beige jade toogle, Song-Ming dynasty (960-1644). Length 3 in., 7.6 cm. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

of long cylindrical form pierced through the center, carved all over in low relief with columns of paired C-scrolls, each pair of C-scrolls forming a square unit, the orientation of the units alternating between horizontal and vertical, the stone a cool beige with fine russet veining to one end, stand (2).

ProvenanceSpink & Son, London, 24th October 1986.
Collection of Florence (1920-2018) and Herbert (1917-2016) Irving, no. 68.


Lot 69. An archaistic celadon and russet jade bell, Song-Ming dynasty (960-1644). Height 5 3/8  in., 13.5 cmEstimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

of pointed oval section, the body broadening toward the arched incurved mouth, each side bisected by a raised vertical flange and carved in low relief with archaistic motifs including a broad register enclosing a fantastic beast mask with wide eyes, exposed fangs, and bovine horns, followed by narrower registers of C-curls, keyfret, bosses, and rope-twist patterns, all surmounted by an integral suspension loop in the form of a double-beast, the stone a pale celadon color with areas and veins of opaque russet, Lucite stand (2).

ProvenanceSpink & Son, London, 19th October 1984. 
Collection of Florence (1920-2018) and Herbert (1917-2016) Irving, no. 262.

LiteratureRoger Keverne, ed., Jade, London, 1995, p. 13, fig. 10.




Lot 95. A beige jade figure of a boySong-Ming dynasty (960-1644). Height 2 in., 5.1 cmEstimate 4,000 — 6,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

standing holding a scroll covering the lower body, the face with a gleeful expression below a single topknot, the small feet peeking out from underneath the robe, the scroll inscribed Shang da ren qiu twice, the stone a grayish-beige variegated with brown and pierced through vertically .

ProvenanceBluett & Sons, London, 3rd October 1983.
Collection of Florence (1920-2018) and Herbert (1917-2016) Irvin, no. 126.

Sotheby's. Chinese Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, New York, 10 september 2019