This intricately carved Chinese soapstone figure group depicts four storks amongst a rocky foreground with large twisted and gnarly pine trees in the background. The depth of carving and three dimensional detail is excellent. The work is that of a true craftsman. The main carving is in a pale green jade coloured stone and the carved and moulded base is from a separate piece of russet.
Soapstone was popular with Chinese craftsmen in the 19th century who found its relatively soft marble like texture easy to work with and carved intricate decorative pieces like this fine example.
Chinese circa 1900
Height 25cm width 13cm depth 7cm
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