6 80 A PAIR OF TIANHUANG SEALS
Republic Period H: 4.8 cm Weight：53.2g
NT$ 1,800,000 – 2,600,000 HK$ 485,000 – 701,000 US$ 62,000 – 89,600 RMB 390,000 – 564,000
態威嚴，充滿力量的肌肉結構清晰。田黃石是壽山石中的珍品，為 治印之佳材，自清以來極負盛名。相傳乾隆皇帝曾以田黃石祭天， 並冠予帝帽，故田黃歷來有「石中之王」的尊號。具備細、潔、 潤、膩、溫，凝印石之六德。民間相傳，田黃乃女禍補天時遺留之 寶石，又傳為鳳凰之卵所變，可驅災避邪，益壽延年等。該組印章 石質縝密，紋理細膩，石色潤透，溫澤油亮，整體造型古樸生動。 包漿渾厚流麗，氣脈高古，把玩於手，自能得其樂。
The set of seals is of square section, the warm yellowish-orange soapstone skillfully carved with a mythical beast resting on its
民國 田黃瑞獸 鈕 對 章
haunches on the top of each seal. This set of charming seals is notable for the fine level of detail captured in the small mythical beasts. The vigour of the creature is evident in the muscular body and notched spine together with the animated face which scowls in ferocity. Tianhuang is a dense variety of nacrite which is traded in China as a gemstone and is used for carvings. The material consists mainly of nacrite, but may also contain minor illite or dickite in varying proportions. The most valuable variety consists of golden yellow nacrite with a coating of colourless, transparent to semi-transparent dickite. This material is only known from the Banlian gravel beds near Shoushan, Fuzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province. The Chinese consider Tianhuang stone as a variety of Shoushan stone although true Shoushan stone mainly consists of pyrophyllite.
羅芙奧2018春季拍賣會 清賞—古今人文藝術專場 Ravenel Spring Auction 2018 Connoisseurship: The Literati Sale