Lot 101. A white and russet jade carving of a mythical beast, 18th century; 7.5cm (2 7/8in) wide. Estimate: £ 8,000-12,000. Sold for £ 22,500 (€ 25,121). © Bonhams
The lustrous stone of an even pale tone with minor russet inclusions, exquisitely carved as a recumbent horned beast detailed with bulging eyes and curling mane, grasping a leafy lingzhi spray in its mouth, its head turned to the backwards with its tail coiling along the rounded thigh, crouching on scrolling clouds extending to the underside.
Provenance: an English private collection
S. Marchant & Son Ltd., London, 13 November 2003
John Sinkankas Collection, San Diego, California.
Bonhams. FINE CHINESE ART, London, 14 May 2015