Jade and Hardstone Carvings
Eight nephrite toggles and decorations
Qing Dynasty and Later
The first a dark grey and off-white toggle of a monkey perched atop Budai's treasure sack; the second a pale grey-green pendant reticulated as a dragon coiled atop and around a perforated disk of irregular contours; the third a toggle formed as a branch of gourds surrounded by bats, the bats carved from russet stained patches in the off-white matrix; the fourth a toggle of off-white nephrite reticulated as a goldfish hovering over a lotus plant; the fifth a study of Liu Hai's three-legged toad, carved from a mottled celadon and off-white matrix with russet staining in the natural fissure lines; the sixth a miniature hollowed globular coupe surrounded by squirrels scampering along flowering prunus branches, the matrix with some icy white veins and natural fissure lines; the seventh a pendant of off-white matrix with russet staining reticulated as a beetle climbing up the side of two striated gourds; the eighth a miniature reticulated pendant of a squash surrounded by a leafy vine, the pale grey-green matrix displaying a patch of pale russet staining (some with chips).
Length of largest 2 7/8in (7cm)