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Movement: Fine Chinese & Southeast Asian Art

Tue, Sep 12, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 99

Chinese Pale Jade Fish Carving

Estimate: $200 - $400

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Chinese pale jade carving depicting two fish which seem to fight over a single object or plant. The form is a masterpiece of using the limits of your medium, which is this case was an oddly formed jade pebble. This piece bears many of the hallmarks of mid-18th century jade carvings. Bearing the remnants of an old export seal along the smaller fish.

Provenance: Private Minneapolis Collection - collected in China prior to 1985.

Height: 1 in x width: 1 3/4 in x depth: 1 in. Weight: 25.09 grams.


No major chips, losses, or restorations. Possibly some very minute chips to the crest of the smaller fish. If the fish was painted then there is pigment loss in the recessed areas of the fish; possibly dirt collected in the recessed areas of the work. Losses to the red export seal; there is red pigment on the opposite side of the seal. Light wear throughout consistent with age and material.

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