Revere Auctions
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The Arts of Asia, India, & the Middle East

Tue, Jul 18, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 189

Pair of Massive 19th c. Chinese Soapstone Figures

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

Bid Increments

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$0 $25
$300 $50
$1,000 $100
$3,000 $200
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000
$500,000 $25,000
$1,000,000 $50,000
$10,000,000 $100,000
A striking and unusually large pair of 19th century Chinese immortals or scholars carved from soapstone and polychromed. Each figure stands on a well carved stylized craig of rock. One holds a small lion or foo dog.
Each, height: 20 in x width: 7 in x depth: 4 in.


Wear and discoloration throughout as shown in the listing image. Light cracks and natural lines in both figures. Both figures show scattered areas of paint loss around their faces. The figure without a dog is loosely attached to the stand; around the area where the figure and the stand meet, there is a visible glue restoration. Along the back of the shoulder, there is a circular area that appears to be restored; however, the area is not fluorescent under UV light; please see the listing image. Around the back of the neck, there is a crack as well. The other figure with the dog has a crack along the dog's leg; the crack on the neck is restored with glue. To the lower part of the figure, near the left leg, there is a hairline crack, approximately 5 inches long diagonally. Dust collected. Wear along the underside of each stand as expected.

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