Woolley & Wallis lion dog roars away at £110,000

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A fine Chinese white jade carving of a Buddhist lion dog, attributed to the Qianlong period (1736-95) roared away on the first day of the Woolley & Wallis Asian Sale, reaching £110,000 against an estimate of £30-50,000.

A well modelled piece, the beast crouching, its head turned to the right and its ears flattened against its head, with a curling mane and a bushy tail tucked beneath its hind legs, its backbone finely defined, and its teeth bared, it was presented on a hardwood stand carved with lingzhi and pine. Most significantly, in terms of the price it reached, there was affixed a paper label for The Queen Amelia of Portugal Collection.

It was from an English private collection but, before that, was most probably in the collection of Queen Amelia of Portugal.

Princess Amélie d’Orléans (1865-1951), married Carlos, Prince Royal of Portugal in 1886, to become the last Queen consort of Portugal. She was patron and founder of the National Association against Tuberculosis, and was actively involved with other social issues and organisations. Despite this, she was at times criticised for her financial extravagances. In 1910, the Portuguese royal family were exiled to France following the death of Amélie’s son, Manuel II of Portugal, and the subsequent formation of the first Portuguese Republic, and she spent the remainder of her life there.


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