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Lot 132. A miniature white jade figure of a phoenix, Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 3.1 cm. Lot sold: 75,600 HKD (Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022

depicted in flight with its head held high and wings outstretched, its plumage well detailed and finely carved, the translucent stone of an even celadon-tinged white tone with russet inclusions.

ProvenanceChung Wah Pui, Hong Kong, 6th July 1993.

Literature: Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl. 25:10.
Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 82. 

Exhibited: British Museum, London, on loan, 1995.
Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996.

Sotheby's. HOTUNG  The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung: Part 1, Hong Kong, 9 October 2022