White Jade Carving of a Toad, 18th/19th Century
Well modeled as a crouching toad with its short round legs wrapped around a branch of pomegranates, its back carved to mimic a bumpy leathery texture contrasting the smooth underbelly. Wood stand
length 2.8" — 7 cm.
The visual combination of a toad and pomegranate sprig is a wish for fertility and familial longevity
Douglas J K Wright Ltd, London sticker
Lots 177-184: Chinese Works of Art from the Estate of the 3rd Viscount Bearsted, London, England
The following lots were purchased during the 1960’s and 1970’s by the 3rd Viscount Bearsted, Marcus Richard Samuel (1909-1986), whose family founded Shell Transport and Trading Company. He was an avid collector of Chinese and International art and bequeathed the items to relatives who are now living in Calgary.
Founded in 1897, Shell Transport and Trading Company merged with the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company in 1907 to form the Royal Dutch Shell Group now the fifth-largest operating business in the world.