A Chinese carved agate tree trunk vase
A Chinese carved agate tree trunk vase. Qing dynasty, probably 18th century. Deeply carved in the round with incised details and depicting a deer beside the trunk of a pine tree beneath branches and a crane above with wings spread out around the rim of the vase. The reverse is carved as a mountainside depicting a deer standing on a steep rocky ledge attempting to obtain lingzhi fungus beneath. The stone is of a pale lavender purple tone with cleverly utilised banded layers and deeply carved sections revealing semi translucent quartz beneath. The vase is displayed on a neatly fitted, finely carved wood base depicting gnarled branches of pine and flowers amongst rocks. 6.3 in (16.1 cm) height. Provenance: Property of the late Lieutenant Colonel J.E. Armstrong from the collection at Drumnigh House.
Auction Date: March 2014