A MASSIVE CHINESE IMPERIAL PALE CELADON JADE 'BIRTHDAY' BOULDER
Carved in high relief with two figures carrying presents up the hill towards an open terrace amongst the pine trees, where two cranes look up towards the sky. To the side are three small caves, one with a pair of deer. The is reverse carved with further caves, all beneath stylised clouds. The stone with white and russet inclusions, and raised on a reticulated zitan stand carved with rocks, pine branches and various blossoms, the wood with copper coloured speckles, 21cm. (2)
Provenance: the collection of Lady Robertson (d.1977), purchased from John Sparks 17th January 1958 for a £150 and thence by descent (recorded in the Sparks archive).
Estimate: £60,000 - 100,000