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Lot 324A white jade 'horse' group, Qing dynasty, 18th century; Length 5 1/4  in., 13.3 cm. Estimate 100,000 — 150,000 USDLot sold 538,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's.

naturalistically carved as a recumbent horse with its mate nibbling at its fur, with full, well-rounded bodies, the details of their manes and tails finely combed, the stone of even color with some added russet staining.

Provenance: Collection of Robert von Hirsch, prior to 1977, thence by descent.

Note: The present lot is rendered in an exceptionally naturalistic manner and the composition appears to be rare, with one horse grooming the other in a very tender way. A comparable example with ruby-inlaid eyes is illustrated in Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, p. 238, no. 187; and another in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Jadeware (III), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 89. See also the jades horses sold Christie’s New York, 27th November, 1991, lot 155; and another, inscribed with a Qianlong seal mark, sold Christie's Hong Kong, 28th April 1996, lot 9.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Works of Art, New York, 17 march 2015, 02:00 PM