Posted 10 months ago
Shown are seven Asian carvings in soapstone, known in another form as talcum powder. It’s the softest stone on the Mohs scale at 1, with diamond at 10. Easily carved and not particularly valuable, whatever worth it may have is the result of the artistry of the carving and not the material. The first photo is a pair of bookends depicting potted plants, purchased in New York in 1949 and marked on the base ‘China’. The second has monkeys, birds and perhaps a squirrel with what appears to be lotus pods. The last carving , far right, is marked in fine gold filled script ‘San Diego Exposition 1935’ These are three to five inches tall.