A powerful early carving ivory netsuke of a tiger eating a bamboo shoot.  Japan, late 18th century.  Signed: Unsigned, Kyoto.  Provenance: Sidney Moss.  Published: Item 23 'In Search of Netsuke and Inro' by George A. Cohen.

Ivory netsuke tiger eating a bamboo shoot. Unsigned.

 

A flawless grey jadeite plain snuff bottle, superbly hollowed eggshell thin, with a pink coral on a turquoise collar with pearl finial stopper.  Jadeite, pale grey with a blue tinge, suffused with creamy cloud-like inclusions, exceptionally well hollowed, resulting in paper thin walls; the bottle of well proportioned bulbous form, with slightly raised oval foot with a flared neck and concave mouth.  Chinese, 1730-1780.  Stopper: pink coral on a turquoise collar with pearl finial.  Provenance: Hugh Moss Ltd, London, 1974.  Height: 4.8cm.  This is as good as they get - a beautifully constructed, perfectly hollowed bottle carved from an exquisite, delicate coloured sample of jade.  The perfect rounded shape has been dictated by the 'awkwardness factor' with regard to the hollowing process - this being one of the few shapes that can be completely and evenly hollowed to the ultimate thinness.

Jade Chinese snuff bottle hollowed eggshell thin

 

Celadon jade box.  A large pale celadon jade stone.  Carved as a double gourd box, surrounded by foliage, and young gourds.  Chinese, 18th century.  Provenance: Bill Spiers.  Dimensions: 17cm long x 10cm wide x 6.5cm high.  Stand: Hardwood fitted stand.  This is a rare jade box and cover, well-hollowed, unusually well-carved in high relief.

Celadon jade Carved as a double gourd box

 

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A powerful early carving ivory netsuke of a tiger eating a bamboo shoot. Japan, late 18th century.  Unsigned, Kyoto.  Provenance: Sidney Moss.  Published: Item 23 'In Search of Netsuke and Inro' by George A. Cohen.

 

A flawless grey jadeite plain snuff bottle, superbly hollowed eggshell thin, with a pink coral on a turquoise collar with pearl finial stopper.  Jadeite, pale grey with a blue tinge, suffused with creamy cloud-like inclusions, exceptionally well hollowed, resulting in paper thin walls; the bottle of well proportioned bulbous form, with slightly raised oval foot with a flared neck and concave mouth.  Chinese, 1730-1780.  Stopper: pink coral on a turquoise collar with pearl finial. Provenance: Hugh Moss Ltd, London, 1974.  Height: 4.8cm.  This is as good as they get - a beautifully constructed, perfectly hollowed bottle carved from an exquisite, delicate coloured sample of jade.  The perfect rounded shape has been dictated by the 'awkwardness factor' with regard to the hollowing process - this being one of the few shapes that can be completely and evenly hollowed to the ultimate thinness.

 

Celadon jade box.  A large pale celadon jade stone.  Carved as a double gourd box, surrounded by foliage, and young gourds.  Chinese, 18th century.  Provenance: Bill Spiers.  Dimensions: 17cm long x 10cm wide x 6.5cm high. Stand: Hardwood fitted stand. This is a rare jade box and cover, well-hollowed, unusually well-carved in high relief.

 

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