A CHINESE PALE CELADON JADE CARVING OF A BOY AND A LION DOG QIANLONG 1736-95 They crouch together resting on the large brocade ball between them, the child smiles as he clutches the ribbon tied around the ball in his hands, the mythical beast carved with bulging eyes and its teeth bared, its mane and tail detailed with finely incised fur, the stone with a few minor inclusions, together with a wood stand, 9.1cm. (2) Provenance: from the collection of Brigadier Gordon Richardson, DSO, OBE (1910-1998) and thence by descent. Richardson joined the 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles in India in 1931 before working as an instructor at Sandhurst between 1938 and 1940. Richardson was awarded an immediate DSO in 1944 when commanding the 1st Battalion of the 2nd Gurkha Rifles during the Italian campaign at Monte Cassino. He then received a bar to this DSO later in the same year. Afterwards, Richardson served in Greece, India, Singapore, Malaya and Hong Kong. He retired from the British Army in 1964 and then spent nine years in Nepal working for the Overseas Aid Development Corporation.

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