• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7621

    A Private English Collection of White Jade Carvings & Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    4 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 129


    SONG DYNASTY (960-1279)

    Price Realised  

    SONG DYNASTY (960-1279)
    Of rectangular shape slightly rounded on the left, carved within the raised borders in shallow relief with a seated sage playing ruanxian, beside rockwork, all reserved on a wave-pattern ground, the back with four sets of fastening holes, the softly polished stone of mottled grey tone with areas of striations and inclusions
    1¾ x 2 5/8 in. (6.5 x 4.5 cm.)

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    The style of carving and the subject matter on this unusual plaque is very closely related to a plaque in the Jiangxi Provincial Museum, excavated from the Souther Song tomb of Zhao Zhongyin in Jiangxi (fig.1). Zhao died in 1130, was a member of the Imperial family and the Governor of Mingzhou. The plaque is an example of jade pieces that high officials in the Song period would have used. Both the excavated and the current example depicts a scholar playing a lute-like instrument with a cirular body, ruanxian. In contrast to the belt plaques from the Tang period, which often depicts foreigners playing foreign musical instruments, the subject matter on these two examples is distictively indiginous. Compare another set of jade plaques from the Song period in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Jadeware (II), Hong Kong, 1995, no. 78, p. 90.

    Special Notice

    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium


    Baron and Baroness von Oertzen Collection


    S. Howard Hansford, Jade - Essence of Hills and Streams, Johannesburg, 1969, no. C27, p. 104