• Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5812

    Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles

    6 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 38

    SIX EARLY JADE FIGURAL PENDANTS, SHANG/ZHOU DYNASTY (1600-771BC)

    Price Realised  

    SIX EARLY JADE FIGURAL PENDANTS, SHANG/ZHOU DYNASTY (1600-771BC)
    comprising a brown jade pendant carved as a tiger emerging from a chrysalis, drill hole through mouth end; a buff brown stone jade bird in profile, drill hole through the eye; a semi transluscent tan and opaque cream stone carved as an animal in profile, incised eye and leg detailing, drill hole to mouth area; a yellow white jade stone carved as a guei dragon in profile with incised geometric embellishments, ending in a point to one end, possibly used as a knot opener, drill hole to mouth area; an altered green jade stone carved as a guei dragon, incised leg detailing, drill holes to the tail, eye and mouth; a pale celadon and cream dragon pendant, with incised facial detailing, drill hole through lower projection; an archaistic white jade tiger, carved in profile with its head turned back, incised detailing drill hole to breast -- The first, 1 5/8in. (4.1cm.) high. (7)


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    Provenance

    First and fifth: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963; Second: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 28th December 1964; Third: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 15th May 1963; Fourth: Chang Nai-chi Collection, prior to 1978; Sixth: Chang Nai-chi Collection. Frank Caro, New York, prior to 1978; Seventh: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 28th December 1964.


    Exhibited

    Fifth: Columbia University Exhibition, February 1965