Chinese Carnelian Carvings

  

A fine carnelian scholar carving of a coiled recumbent mythical lion with single horn; used as a scholar scroll weight and also a brushrest; 18th century Qing dynasty; China. 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) long.

 

A miniature carnelian scholar waterpot in the form of the sage Dong Fangxuo embracing a large peach with two smaller ones grown from the same gnarled branch; modern fitted hardwood stand in matching theme; carnelian agate; 18th century Qing dynasty; China. 2.75 inches (7 cm) long.

 

A red and white carnelian agate scholar flower vessel; skillfully carved in the form of a peach stump with fruiting peach branches and lingzhi fungus; original carved, fitted hardwood stand; 18th century Qing dynasty; China. 3.25 inches (8.3 cm) high.

 

 

A carnelian covered vessel with intricately openwork carving of deer and birds and phoenixes perching on peony and lingzhi sprays; minor restoration to lid; Carnelian; 19th century; Qing dynasty; China. 6.75 inches (17.1 cm) high.

 

A carnelian scholar water vessel, in the form of a melon with its branch and leaves; hardwood stand and bronze goose-neck ladle; carnelian agate; 19th century; Qing dynasty; China. 2.75 inches (7 cm) long.

 

Last updated 06/09/2003  Zhou Yi