Description: A PAIR OF CARVED TIGER EYE 'QUAIL' BOX AND COVERS Well carved in the round in the form of a bird, its head turning slightly to the right, the cover finely incised with overlapping layers of short plumage and feathery wings tucked neatly to the sides, the underside of the fitted box carved with clawed feet, the stone of an even brownish colour 10.1 cm, 4 in.
Condition Report: Catalogue Note
The present pair of quail boxes follows a type first developed sometime early in the Qianlong period which is represented in a number of collections. Compare a similar pair of quail boxes in the Seattle Art Museum also with their heads turned but carved from a slightly yellowish stone and dated to the Qianlong period, illustrated in James Watt, Chinese Jades from the Collection of the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 1989, cat.no.73; see also a pair of boxes formerly in the Collection of T.Y. Chao, sold in these rooms 19th November 1986, lot 144, and a matching box in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Zhongguo Yuqi Quanji, Shijiazhuang, 2005, vol. 6, p. 69, no. 106.
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