Someone recently sent pictures of a carving of stampeding horses asking if the stone was shoushan and because of its color if it might be the variety called tianhuang, adding they had heard a description of tianhuang as “looking like canned peaches.”
I think it is definitely shoushan stone but not the tianhuang variety. I hadn’t heard before of its looking like canned peaches but that’s a fairly good description. High quality tianhuang stone is hardly available any more, its sources having been exhausted a long time ago. As such, it is terribly expensive. Tianhuang is a light pale yellow to tan color and very translucent with an even color. These horses don’t have that level of translucency and there’s a greater variety in the color. I don’t want to get into any arguments about it though as some who know better than I do may call it tianhuang—but not of the highest quality (and probably more as a marketing decision). I suspect it is a fairly modern piece, probably carved within the last fifty years or so—and carvings such as this are worth a lot of money. You can find others like it by searching the internet. As for the material, the stone used for sculpture like this is the same material we use for seals.
The person who sent the pictures was thinking about buying it and also wondered if I thought it was worth the asking price, but I know better than to stick my neck out and give an opinion where money is involved. I once knew a museum art curator and collector who told me that a work of art is worth what you can get for it. The price for art goes up and down with the market so it is almost impossible to say how much anything is worth—tomorrow it may be worth more or it may be worth less. The only thing that matters is if the artwork is worth for you whatever price the seller is asking. Buy for enjoyment and not for investment.