Quails throughout Chinese history symbolize courage and a fighting spirit. As they mate for life they are believed to signify marital loyalty and long life living in peace. This early carving is a pole finial and carved during the Sung Dynasty (960–1279). Its fine sharp details depict the peaceful portrait of a happy bird with round eyes, raised head and its feathers flap back on its sides. Resting on its feet. Rare yellow color with brown splashes. A hole throughout its body for mounting. Now with a fine soft polish and a soft silky patina. Approximately 2 1/4" Wide x 1 1/2" High.
Small Jade animals were cherished and enjoyed by the Chinese elite since early times. These toys of affection were enhanced by the smooth cool feeling
which brought on a sense of warmth to their owners.
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Sotheby's New York - Important Chinese Art - March 23, 2022; Lot #228;
A pale celadon and brown jade bird-form staff finial
Song - Ming dynasty
Length 3¼ in., 8.2 cm
Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 USD
Lot sold: 15,120 USD