Lot 54. A small lapis lazuli carving of a goose, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 6.4cm length. Sold for US$8,287.50 (Estimate US$4.000 - 6.000). © Bonhams 2001-2023
Resting with the head tucked back and holding a stalk of millet in its beak, its feet comfortably folded underneath, the stone with striated gold and blue tones.
Provenance: Knapton Rasti Asian Art, London, 2008
Note: A pair of mandarin ducks carved in lapis lazuli in the collection of Victoria and Albert Museum is illustrated by Wilson in Chinese Jades, London, 2004, p. 102, no. 100, described as 18th century.
Bonhams. J. J. Lally & Co. Fine Chinese Works of Art, New York, March 20, 2023