Large Chinese seal of natural Shoushan stone with 6.1", yellow and red veins with carving of two Dragons
Impressive seal carving in stone Shoushan natural yellow with red veins with a couple of Dragons playing with a pearl of wisdom, signed by the artist.
★ Type: Seal, chop Stamp, sculpture, paperweight
★ Material: Natural Shoushan stone ( 壽山石 ), Translucent Yellow orange
★ Measures: 156x84x82mm - 6.14x3.3x3.23"
★ Weight: 1954 g
★ Previous owner: Private collector from the United Kingdom
★ Conservation status: good, signs of age and use, the wear is seen in the photos, if you need more photos you just have to ask for them.
* With gift box free
This exquisite illustration Shoushan stone, which is a kind of alabaster, extracted from a mountain called Shoushan in the northern suburbs of Fuzhou. This art is common in Jin'an area Fuzhou, capital of Fujian Province on the east coast of China. Soft touch, smooth surface and various colors Shoushan stone is ideal for carving material known as-grade colored "stone carving above. "It is characterized by delicacy, softness and cohesion.
Shoushan Stone is composed of lava and minerals around it, gradually refrozen on a colored crystalline Oregon which compares favorably against the jade, it is superior in the range of color, texture, quality and some other fields. It is an exquisite example of craftsmanship China. It is a truly incredible craftsmanship, for its charm and its rarity. It has a very high value among collectors. Shoushan Stone is the best of all the various existing colored stones in China.
There are about one hundred kinds of Shoushan stone. The most precious kind - Tianhuang stone - is more valuable than gold and enjoys a reputation as "the king of stones. "It is said that an liang (50 grams) Tianhuang stone equals three liang of gold.
It has been more than 1, 500 years since Shoushan stone was exploited as a precious stone for its gorgeous colors, smooth and moist character and its various and changeable veins. During the Sung dynasty (1127-1279), Shoushan stones had already been largely exploited. The Shoushan carving industry, was finally formed after the continuous development in the Yuan (1271-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911). Even the royal seals of the Qing emperors were made of Shoushan stone.
The unique style of Shoushan stone-carving had halved genres Qing Dynasty. A genus specializes in circular carving figures, landscapes and animals, and the other focuses on carving Boyi accentuating the poetic artistic concept.
Various types of Shoushan include Circular size revelation carving, carving open, the hollowed-out size, Boyi (low revelation) carving carving and marquetry. The content ranges from the human figures, animals and landscapes, flowers and birds. The top craftsmen can create wonderful images using the natural contours and fine colored stripes in the stone.
The long history of stone carving has seen many famous carvers and fine carvings. Most of these masterpieces were gathered in the palace as imperial treasures or selected by local officials to pay tribute to the court. They called class carvers often to court to carve illustrations Shoushan stone. Some of these stone carvings still remain in the Imperial Palace in Beijing.