18th Century Soapstone Figural Carving of Tang Ying

Roll over for video transcriptA rare and important artwork is seen in this soapstone figural carving of Tang Ying. Commissioned for his birthday, this uncommon piece was created in reverence and homage to the kiln master. Tang Ying is a rare subject matter in Asian works of art, making this an especially collector worthy piece. He is flanked by male adolescents, symbolizing the gentle Tang Ying as a worthy father figure as well as conveying the good fortune of bearing sons. This 18th century piece will be sold in the Fine Asian Works of Art Auction on June 23rd at an estimate of $100,000-150,000. Join us on June 23 to bid on this 18th Century Soapstone Figural Carving of Tang Ying.
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An Exceedingly Rare and Important Soapstone Figural Carving
Constructed from two large pieces of soapstone, depicting Tang Ying - the Qing dynasty imperial porcelain kiln supervisor - seated in the middle and wearing a dragon robe, flanked by two boys to his left and three boys to his right, all highlighted with pigments, set within a realistically carved rocky landscape in high relief with a small stream running through it, the stone featuring three lengthy inscriptions in clerical script to the front and one to the reverse, all with seals.
18th Century, dated by inscription to 1750
19 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 10 inches; Weight: 70 lbs approximately
Provenance: Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Kass, and thence by descent within the family. Purchased from a benefit auction for the Oakland Children's Hospital Foundation held at The Claremont Hotel and Resort in Berkeley, CA. Reputedly donated for auction from a large private Claremont Hills estate during the 1970s.
Sold for $2,235,000

Fine Asian Works of Art
Sunday, June 23, 2013, 10am
Main Gallery, 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA
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Preview:
Friday, May 31, 12pm - 5pm
Saturday, June 1, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, June 2, 9am - 5pm
Friday, June 7, 9am - 5pm
Friday, June 21, 12pm - 5pm
Saturday, June 22, 10am - 5pm
Day of sale, beginning at 9am
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