Jade. China, 13th-14th century
Carved as a recumbent goose, with its head turned back and preening its feathers, its webbed feet tucked neatly under its body, and the wings folded in and well detailed with incised markings. The smoothly polished and almost white celadon jade with some russet and dark grey inclusions as well mottled creamy white speckles throughout.
LENGTH 5.6 cm
Provenance: Private collection of Irene and Wolfgang Zacke.
Auction result comparison: Compare the carving and incisions to the eyes, wings and details to plumage with a closely related jade depicting a crane from the Song dynasty, 6 cm length, at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 08 October 2014, lot 3818, bought in at an estimate of HKD $300,000/400,000.
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