Jade maintains its hold on China at Bonhams Chinese Art Sale in London

Jade, that mysterious stone that comes in a range of colours from ice white to spinach green is a passion with Chinese art lovers and Bonhams next sale of Chinese art on May 15th is a good place to appreciate why this is so. Bonhams, the third largest international fine art auction house holds Chinese art sales on four continents. One of the top items in Bonhams sale of Chinese Art is lot 169, estimated to sell for £60,000-80,000. A superb large pale green jade carving of a Buddhist lion and cub, dating from the 18th century. Large jade animal carvings represent some of the finest jade products from the early Qing dynasty, leading to the heights of achievement associated with the reign of the Qianlong Emperor. Whilst real animal such as horses and elephants were popular, so too were mythical beasts such as the qilin, or the Buddhist lions as in the present lot. The depiction here of a parent

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