An inscribed pale celadon jade Sakyamuni and grotto group. Qianlong period (1736-96), dated to the renzi year corresponding to 1792. photo Christie's Ltd 2010
Finely carved in high relief with the seated Sakyamuni wearing long flowing robes, beneath a rock formation extensively inscribed, the reverse with pine trees growing amidst rockwork - 9¾ in. (24.5 cm.) high. Estimate £15,000 - £25,000 ($22,260 - $37,100) Price Realized £541,250 ($801,050)
Notes: The inscription on the current lot is a well-known passage from the Vajra Sutra and may be translated as: 'Everything in the world follows its own destinies, as if dream, illusion, foam, shadow, dew, and flashes; therefore we shall maintain the peaceful mind'.
Compare a similar pale celadon jade 'Sakyamuni' grotto bearing the same inscriptions and seal marks in the Tibet Museum, illustrated in Treasures from Snow Mountains - Gems of Tibetan Cultural Relics, Shanghai Museum, 2001, cat. no. 38, p. 110. Another similar carving, also bearing the same inscription and seal marks as the current lot, is in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, inventory number: 002729N000000000.
A white jade bowl and cover. Qianlong-Jiajing period, circa 1800. photo Christie's Ltd 2010
The shallow bowl supported on a slightly domed foot, carved with bands of petals reserved on geometric grounds, the cover similarly carved with a lotus flower finial, the well-polished stone of an even pale tone with some very minor snowy and russet inclusions - 5¼ in. (13.4 cm.) diam. Estimate £30,000 - £50,000 ($44,520 - $74,200) Price Realized £127,250 ($188,330)
A fine white jade shallow bowl. Jiaqing period (1796-1820). photo Christie's Ltd 2010
Finely carved with gently rounded walls, the interior carved in relief with a sacred lily bush, the exterior with the Eight Buddhist Emblems, bajixiang, amidst clouds, all supported on five short round feet, the stone of a white tone with attractive cloudy inclusions - 5¼ in. (13.5 cm.) diam. Estimate £10,000 - £20,000 ($14,840 - $29,680) Price Realized £67,250 ($99,530)
Provenance: Formerly in a Western private collection.
Notes: Compare a similar shallow bowl of slightly larger proportions also supported on five rounded feet, from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and illustrated by Michael Knight, He Li and Terese Tse Bartholomew in Chinese Jades, Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, 2007, no. 121, p. 133.
A yellow jade carving of a striding chilong. Possibly Song dynasty (960-1279). photo Christie's Ltd 2010
The beast finely carved in an alert stance with its head turned sharply to watch its young clambering onto its back, the long bi-furcated tail curling around the body, the stone of a greenish-yellow tone with russet inclusions - 3¼ in. (8 cm.) long. Estimate £6,000 - £8,000 ($8,904 - $11,872) Price Realized £43,250 ($64,010)
Provenance: Purchased from Richard Falkiner.
A white jade seal. photo Christie's Ltd 2010
Of square form, the seal surmounted by a stylized, mythical writhing beast, the seal face carved with a four-character inscription in seal script, Gong ting ping guan - 1¼ in. (3.2 cm.) across, fitted box. Estimate £4,000 - £6,000 ($5,936 - $8,904) Price Realized £43,250 ($64,010)
A pair of celadon jade bowls. 19th century. photo Christie's Ltd 2010
Raised on a slightly flaring foot with rounded body and gently flaring rim, the stone of a slightly mottled, pale greyish-celadon tone - 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) diam., wood stands (2). Estimate £10,000 - £15,000 ($14,840 - $22,260) Price Realized £39,650 ($58,682)
A white jade carving of a finger citron. Qianlong period (1736-95). photo Christie's Ltd 2010
Naturalistically carved to imitate a fruit with curled finger-like tendrils supported on a gnarled stalk and cluster of leaves, the stone of pale greyish-white tone with some russet inclusions - 5 5/8 in (14.3 cm.) high, wood stand, fitted box. Estimate £5,000 - £7,000 ($7,420 - $10,388) Price Realized £37,250 ($55,130)
Notes: See the very similar carving sold in these Rooms, 3 November 2009, lot 170.
A celadon and russet jade boulder. 18th century. photo Christie's Ltd 2010
Of irregular shape and carved as a mountain with a flat base, one side with a boy rowing a raft formed by the trunk and branches of a pine tree along a stream within a grotto, a basket of lingzhi fungus and flowers and another vase of flowers beside him, the other main side with a crane standing in a stream within a grotto, with lingzhi fungus and pine trees growing beside rockwork - 5 in. (12.6 cm.) high. Estimate £30,000 - £50,000 ($44,520 - $74,200) Price Realized £37,250 ($55,130)
A pale celadon jade ruyi sceptre. 19th century. photo Christie's Ltd 2010
The shaft finely carved with two scholars and an attendant standing in a fenced garden beneath gnarled pine trees, the mid-section with a similar scene, the tip with a lady in a garden setting, the stone of a pale tone - 18½ in. (47 cm.) long. Estimate £8,000 - £12,000 ($11,872 - $17,808) Price Realized £37,250 ($55,130)
A celadon jade carving of Guanyin. Late Qing dynasty. photo Christie's Ltd 2010
The figure with a benign smile, depicted seated in dhyanasana with hands folded in front and hidden behind voluminous sleeves, wearing flowing robes, a high headdress and jewellery, a vase to her right and a bundle of books to her left, all on a double-lotus base above swirling waves - 10 in. (25.4 cm.) high, fitted wood stand. Estimate £30,000 - £50,000 ($44,520 - $74,200) Price Realized £37,250 ($55,130)
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 11 May 2010. London, King Street www.christies.com