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Lot 81 (TWO-DAY AUCTION - Fine Chinese Art / 中國藝術集珍 / Buddhism & Hinduism, 5th March 2021)

A GRAYISH-GREEN JADE ‘BIXIE’ CARVING, YUAN TO MING DYNASTY
元至明代青灰玉辟邪

China, 1279-1644. Carved in a recumbent position with one paw scratching its ear and another grasping the furcated tail, the ferocious face with bulging eyes and a broad nose, the mostly opaque stone of a rich mottled grayish-green color with dark gray and cloudy white inclusions.

Provenance: Karl Zeilinger (1944-2014), a collector of Asian art and antique weapons from Nürnberg, Germany. Thence by descent in the same family.
Condition: Very good condition with old wear, traces of use, some nibbling, the stone with natural inclusions and fissures, some of which may have developed into small hairline cracks over time.

Weight: 152.6 g
Dimensions: Length 6.5 cm

This bixie is deftly carved with a dramatic profile that emphasizes the power and mystique of the mythical creature. The balanced composition makes excellent use of the natural variegations in the stone.

Literature comparison: A white jade carving of a similar mythical beast was excavated from a Yuan dynasty site in Xi'an in 1978 and illustrated in Yang Boda, Zhongguo yuqi quanji (The Complete Compilation of Chinese Jades), vol. 2, Shijiazhuang, 2005, pl. 196. Compare also a Yuan dynasty white and russet jade qilin, exhibited in Jades from China, The Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, 1994, cat. no. 261

Auction result comparison: Compare with a related jade carving of a bixie at Sotheby’s New York in The Robert Youngman Collection of Chinese Jade on 19 March 2019, lot 235, sold for USD 27,500.

元至明代青灰玉辟邪
中國,1279-1644年。圓雕異獸,臥狀,一隻爪扒著耳朵,另一隻爪抓著分叉的尾巴,兇猛的臉龐,圓目,鼻子寬大,大部分不透明,呈斑駁的青灰色,深灰色和白色絮狀內含物。

來源:Karl Zeilinger (1944-2014), 德國紐倫堡中國藝術及古董武器收藏家。自此保存在同一家族至今。
品相:狀況良好,有舊磨損,使用痕跡,有些磕損,有天然內含物和裂紋,隨著時間的流逝,其中一些可能會發展成細小的裂縫。

重量:152.6 g
尺寸:長6.5 厘米

拍賣結果比較:一件相近玉辟邪見紐約蘇富比The Robert Youngman Collection of Chinese Jade 拍場2019年3月19日 lot 235, 售價USD 27,500.

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€250
Estimate
€500
 

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China, 1279-1644. Carved in a recumbent position with one paw scratching its ear and another grasping the furcated tail, the ferocious face with bulging eyes and a broad nose, the mostly opaque stone of a rich mottled grayish-green color with dark gray and cloudy white inclusions.

Provenance: Karl Zeilinger (1944-2014), a collector of Asian art and antique weapons from Nürnberg, Germany. Thence by descent in the same family.
Condition: Very good condition with old wear, traces of use, some nibbling, the stone with natural inclusions and fissures, some of which may have developed into small hairline cracks over time.

Weight: 152.6 g
Dimensions: Length 6.5 cm

This bixie is deftly carved with a dramatic profile that emphasizes the power and mystique of the mythical creature. The balanced composition makes excellent use of the natural variegations in the stone.

Literature comparison: A white jade carving of a similar mythical beast was excavated from a Yuan dynasty site in Xi'an in 1978 and illustrated in Yang Boda, Zhongguo yuqi quanji (The Complete Compilation of Chinese Jades), vol. 2, Shijiazhuang, 2005, pl. 196. Compare also a Yuan dynasty white and russet jade qilin, exhibited in Jades from China, The Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, 1994, cat. no. 261

Auction result comparison: Compare with a related jade carving of a bixie at Sotheby’s New York in The Robert Youngman Collection of Chinese Jade on 19 March 2019, lot 235, sold for USD 27,500.

元至明代青灰玉辟邪
中國,1279-1644年。圓雕異獸,臥狀,一隻爪扒著耳朵,另一隻爪抓著分叉的尾巴,兇猛的臉龐,圓目,鼻子寬大,大部分不透明,呈斑駁的青灰色,深灰色和白色絮狀內含物。

來源:Karl Zeilinger (1944-2014), 德國紐倫堡中國藝術及古董武器收藏家。自此保存在同一家族至今。
品相:狀況良好,有舊磨損,使用痕跡,有些磕損,有天然內含物和裂紋,隨著時間的流逝,其中一些可能會發展成細小的裂縫。

重量:152.6 g
尺寸:長6.5 厘米

拍賣結果比較:一件相近玉辟邪見紐約蘇富比The Robert Youngman Collection of Chinese Jade 拍場2019年3月19日 lot 235, 售價USD 27,500.

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Auction: TWO-DAY AUCTION - Fine Chinese Art / 中國藝術集珍 / Buddhism & Hinduism, 5th March 2021

Our two-day premium auction features 782 stunning lots, many of museum quality, with 152 named provenances ranging from museum deaccessions to notable collectors, and from the intriguing to the illustrious. Among these are the last emperor of Vietnam, the personal physician of Puyi, the Commander of the German Marine for East Asia, the Deputy Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia, the Rockefeller and Rothschild families, Cardinal Neri Maria Corsini, the granddaughter of the Coca-Cola founder, noted artists Lindy Guinness, Lü Xiaguang and Zhou Shengli as well as historic dealerships Bluett, Spink, Rare Art, Vermeer & Griggs, Roger Keverne, Nicholas Grindley, Eileen Kershaw, Myrna Myers, Dr. Otto Burchard, only to name very few. On the first day of the auction, 409 lots will be offered, including Works of Art; Hardstones, Jades and Seals; Ceramics and Porcelain; and Snuff Bottles. The second day will see the remaining 373 lots fall under the hammer, including Bronzes and Sculptures; Organic Material and Furniture; Thangkas, Textiles and Paintings; and, last but not least, Buddhism and Hinduism.  

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