The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung. Lot 108. A white jade 'phoenix' circular plaque, Qing dynasty, 18th century; 5.2 cm. Lot sold: 189,000 HKD (Estimate: 60,000 - 80,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022
the flat plaque with a slightly convex principal side, rendered with a phoenix curled up in a roundel, its body with finely incised plumage, the other side detailed with a smaller bird shown in profile, the smoothly polished stone of even white colour with a faint russet vein to its tail.
Provenance: Spink & Son Ltd, London, 3rd June 1992.
Literature: Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl. 25:36.
Exhibited: British Museum, London, on loan, 1995.
Sotheby's. HOTUNG The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung: Part 1, Hong Kong, 9 October 2022