Lot 235. A small celadon jade owl, Song dynasty- Ming dynasty. Height 4.5 cm, 1¾ in. Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 GBP. Lot sold 8,750 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's.
naturalistically carved in the round with its feet tucked and wings neatly folded, the plumage detailed with incised lines and carved grooves, the softly polished celadon stone highlighted with light brown streaks.
From the Michael Gulbenkian Collection.
Note: For a very similar carving, described as an owl finial and dated to the Six Dynasties, see Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1996, cat. no. 63.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, London, 06 Nov 2019