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Lot 3080
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.
19 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 10 inches; Weight: 70 lbs approximately
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 (includes buyer's premium)

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Fine Asian Works of Art

Sunday, June 23, 2013, 10am

Main Gallery, 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA

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