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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VI  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 27 May 2013: Lot 164 

Lot 164

Lot 164
Treasury 2, no. 268 (‘The Explorer’s Log’)

Dendritic agate; very well hollowed, with a concave lip and a recessed, flat foot surrounded by a narrow rounded footrim
Official School, 1720–1850
Height: 4.6 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.88/1.80 cm
Stopper: carnelian, gilt bronze collar

Y. F. Yang (Hong Kong, 1988)
Joseph Baruch Silver
Clare Lawrence
Hugh M. Moss Ltd (1992)

Kleiner 1995, no. 263
Treasury 2, no. 268

Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, October 1989
British Museum, London, June–October 1995
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, July–November 1997

Formally and technically faultless and with exciting and intricate natural markings, this is another example of a natural design brought out from the material without any surface editing (see discussion under Sale 1, lot 82). The striated markings that qualify the material as agate permeate much of the stone.

The natural, darker markings in the stone are sufficiently abstract to allow a number of possible interpretations. If one takes them as a figure in a log boat, then it might also have been seen originally as Zhang Qian (see Sale 2, lot 151).


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