A PALE CELADON AND RUSSET JADE CARVED TOAD AND LOTUS LEAF
Qing Dynasty, 18th Century
The creature is depicted emerging from under a large decaying lotus leaf which curls over and partly enwraps its body. A tendril binds the stem which trails over to the underside of the piece.
The carver has paid particular attention to the natural skin of the pebble using it to highlight the knurled skin of the toad and the deteriorating leaf with spots and splashes to the edges and underside.
The stone is of pale celadon tone with russet inclusions.
Length: 7.6cm, 3 ̋ Inches
Provenance: Formerly in a European private collection.
Roger Keverne Summer 2013 Exhibition
For a similar jade toad see the Oriental Ceramic Society “The Arts of the Ming Dynasty”, no. 353, pl. 94,