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Soapstone Horse Carving: Antique Chinese Figurine

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Early 20th century Chinese carving : a hand carved horse figurine in polished amber green soapstone. Stylized, missing its original wood stand, good condition.

There is some nice detail to the musculature and flowing mane and tail of this lovely beast, which can be mounted on a new wooden base if desired, or sat upon a shelf or mantle, or on a desk. It measures approximately 6.5 inches long and 4" high and has a good weight to it. Made of soapstone of an earthy green color, there is amber in the creases to accentuate the lines, which would have likely covered somewhat more of the surface originally, defining the muscles a bit.

The bottom surface is rough with long carving strokes (see photo 5), and there is a little bit of wobble to the figure if you press it. It would have sat in and on a small wooden base, and there is a small drilled hole in the bottom to secure it in this way. There are a few small nicks (which in soapstone show as almost white) on the mane and tail, but it is overall in very good shape and is a good sturdy collectible piece.

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Soapstone Horse Carving: Antique Chinese Figurine


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
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