PRESENTING a LOVELY Set of 3 Small Chinese Carved Soapstone Vessels.

Made in China in the early 20th Century circa 1930. The middle one could be older.

This set consists of:

  1. A Mottled Tan Vase/Urn on Stand with floral carving relief
  2. A Small Mottled Red Vessel with carved monkey’s on relief (By Far The Best One !!)
  3. A Mottled Pale Green Vase/Urn on Stand with floral carving relief.

The ‘Monkey Vessel’ is gorgeous with 3 carved monkey’s in seated pose with their hands on their heads and little carved faces.

In very good original condition with no chips cracks or losses. The Monkey Vessel has a nibbled edge on the rim, but we think this was always the case.

Soapstone (also known as steatite or soaprock) is a talcschist, which is a type of metamorphic rock. It is composed largely of the magnesium rich mineral talc. It is produced by dynamothermal metamorphism and metasomatism, which occur in the zones where tectonic plates are subducted, changing rocks by heat and pressure, with influx of fluids, but without melting. It has been a medium for carving for thousands of years.

During the Spring and Autumn Period (771–476 BC), soapstone was carved into ceremonial knives. Soapstone was also used to carve Chinese seals.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soapstone#South_Asia

Set of 3 Small Chinese Carved Soapstone Vessels .

Provenance: From a Private Dallas Estate.

Condition: In very good original condition with no chips cracks or losses.

Dimensions: Brown Vase/Urn is 5.25 inches tall, 1.75 inches wide and 1.75 inches deep.

Monkey Vessel is 2 inches tall, 2 inches wide and 2 inches deep.

Pale Green Vase/Urn is 4.5 inches tall, 1.75 inches wide and 1.75 inches deep.

PRICE NOW: $650 (Set of 3)

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