Hand carved stone

Jul 14, 2021. 20:47 UTC
Hand carved stone
Donald
United States of America

Category
Chinese antiques

Acquired from
Gallery/Dealer

For sale
Maybe
Description

Carved from a single stone and signed by artist

Provenance

Unknown

Answered within 4 days
Jul 19, 01:10 UTC
By Leah I.

Fair Market Value

$600 - $1,000 USD

Suggested Asking Price

$800 USD
What does this mean?

Thank you for contacting Mearto. This is a russet jade sculpture of Chinese origin. The skillfulness of the artist is clear in the details. The inscription seems to read 林丘心 or perhaps 林色/龟. I was unable to find matches for these. You may try to send a picture to an auction house like Christie’s HK just in case they can recognize it. Don’t be afraid of emailing people there directly.

I think since the paint used in the inscription is such a vivid non-organic green, it is a 20th century work. The material appears to me to be jade but could possibly be shoushan or agate. I have included links below to similar items and their hammer prices to give you an idea of the market.

Again, I really think the artist is a master. The detailing is far above what I normally see. Besides Christie’s, you can try posting it on Facebook groups dedicated to jade carving. I’ve linked to them below. Someone there may be able to tell you more about the work.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/185857384957780
https://www.facebook.com/groups/319030194928738
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1530721840524346
https://www.christies.com/selling-services/auction-services/auction-estimates/overview/
https://www.christies.com/locations/offices/asia-pacific/?sc_lang=en

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Hammer prices
$400
https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/chinese-shoushan-stone-carving-485-c-5b2492e934
$325
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/item/11525726_4092-chinese-19th-c-jade-carving
$400
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/item/11657010_78-a-grey-jade-carving-of-fish
$600
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/item/96247493_chinese-hetian-jade-carving
$550
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/item/77936055_chinese-hetian-jade-carving-w-artist-carved-seal
$325
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/item/51309015_chinese-white-pebble-jade-carving-with-frog-in-relief
$850 for 2
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/item/18155704_chinese-white-jade-carving-of-a-dragon
$1000
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/item/64491633_18th-century-white-jade-carving-fish-shaped-lotus-leaf
$1000
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/item/20625107_chinese-jade-carving-fishlotus
$1100
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/item/10405054_803-jade-carving-china-depicting-a-group-of-monkeys-c
$1500
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/item/26382154_chinese-jade-carving

Donald mccormick Jul 19, 02:13 UTC

Artist is Lin Yue

Leah i. Jul 19, 16:04 UTC

OK. Do you have any more documentation you can provide? Paperwork?

Leah i. Jul 19, 16:11 UTC

Specifically, if you can provide me with the correct hanzi for Yue, I may be able to look them up. The romanized name brings up nothing.

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