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An openwork celadon jade hat finial. Yuan dynasty. photo Sotheby's

finely carved in high relief with a five-clawed dragon writhing amidst leafy lotus scrolls, the stone of pale celadon tone with three of the lotus flower heads carved through the russet skin, wood stand - 5cm., 2in. (2). Est.6,000—8,000 GBP Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium:  7,500 GBP

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A greyish-white jade horse. Yuan / Early Ming dynasty. photo Sotheby's

the recumbent animal with its head turned towards its hind quarters, its mane carefully picked out, with pale russet inclusions - 9.2cm., 3 5/8 in. Est. 6,000—8,000 GBP Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium:  7,500 GBP

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A carved yellow jade chilong. Ming dynasty. photo Sotheby's

the sinuous body carved and pierced in a coiled S-shape, the head with finely incised mane, the stone of greenish-yellow tone - 5.6cm., 2 1/4 in. Est. 4,000—6,000 GBP Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium:  25,000 GBP

PROVENANCE: Acquired in Paris, 1967.

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An archaistic jade disc, bi. Ming dynasty. photo Sotheby's

the pierced circular disc carved in high relief to one face with two chilong and to the other with rows of geomtric bosses, the stone of celadon tone with dark russet inclusions, 7.3cm., 2 7/8 in; together with a jadeite carving of a pair of lions; a soapstone squirrel and grapevine seal; and a jade figural snuff bottle and stopper (7). Est. 3,000—5,000 GBP  Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium:  9,375 GBP

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A carved jade recumbent mythical beast. Ming dynasty. photo Sotheby's

carved in the round, with single horn, the head turned sharply looking over its back, the haunches with carved scrolls, the stone of pale celadon tone with areas of opaque russet skin - 5.5cm., 2 1/4 in. Est. 3,000—5,000 GBP Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium:  7,500 GBP

PROVENANCE: Acquired in Paris, 1959.

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A carved jade mythical beast. Ming dynasty. photo Sotheby's

the beast carved crouching on all fours with head turned sharply looking over its back, the mane lightly incised and the haunches carved with scrolls, the stone of mottled greyish-white tone with dark grey and russet inclusions - 8.5cm., 3 3/8 in. Est. 6,000—8,000 GBP Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium:  7,500 GBP

PROVENANCE: Acquired in Paris, 1959.

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A jade carving of a recumbent horse. Ming dynasty. photo Sotheby's

finely carved with legs and tail tucked beneath its body, the head with incised mane turned to the left, the stone of greyish-celadon tone with traces of caramel skin - 7cm., 2 3/4 in. Est. 3,000—5,000 GBP Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium:  6,250 GBP

PROVENANCE: Acquired in Paris, 1962.

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A carved jade recumbent lion. Ming dynasty. photo Sotheby's

the beast carved with front legs outstretched and head turned to the right, with bushy eyebrows and bulging eyes, the mane and tail incised with fur markings, the spine with rounded vertebrae, the stone of celadon tone with areas of russet flecking - 9cm., 3 1/2 in. Est. 4,000—6,000 GBP - Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium:  5,250 GBP

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A carved grey jade 'yingxiong' group. Late Ming dynasty. photo Sotheby's

finely carved and incised, the bear and bird curled facing each other with beak and jaws and paws and claws held together, the stone of pale greyish-white tone with traces of the caramel skin  - 8.5cm., 3 3/8 in. Est. 4,000—6,000 GBP Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium:  5,000 GBP

PROVENANCE: Acquired in Paris, 1962.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 04 Nov 09. London www.sothebys.com