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    Sale 2388

    Important Chinese Jades from the Personal Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman Part II

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1601

    A RARE PALE YELLOW JADE FINIAL

    Price Realised  

    A RARE PALE YELLOW JADE FINIAL
    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH-10TH CENTURY BC

    Carved in the round as a seated bird, its long neck rising to a delicately carved head with small beak and protruding eyes, the head turned slightly to the right, the body detailed with overlapping plumage culminating in an elongated tail, the figure pierecd with two apertures at the chest, the stone of pale yellow tone with brown markings at the chest and head
    2 in. (5.1 cm.) long, stand


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    Cf. a very similar figure of a bird with comparable treatment of the tiered feathers in the Arthur Sackler Collection, Washington D.C., Catalogue, p. 96, no. 52; and another in the Fogg Art Museum, illustrated by M. Loehr, Ancient Chinese Jades, Cambridge, 1975, p. 188, no. 247.
    Compare also a bird-shaped pendant in the Capital Museum, Beijing which is attributed to the Shang dyansty, again similarly carved with tiered feathers and elongated tail, illustrated in Gems of Cultural Relics Series, Jades, Beijing, 2002, p. 50, no. 18.

    Provenance

    T.B. Walker Foundation, sold at Sotheby's New York, 29 November 1988, lot 16


    Literature

    Walker Foundation, Catalogue, pl. IV, no. 4
    Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no. 8


    Exhibited

    Christie's New York, 13-26 March 2001
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, August 2003 - December 2004