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    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 106

    TWO FLANGED JADE BRACELETS

    SHANG DYNASTY (CIRCA 1600-1100 BC)

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    TWO FLANGED JADE BRACELETS
    SHANG DYNASTY (CIRCA 1600-1100 BC)
    Each thinly polished bracelet of cylindrical shape flaring slightly towards the rims, divided in the centre with a wide flange, the concentric tool marks clearly visible, the semi-translucent stone of celadon tone heavily altered to opaque buff colour
    4 in. (10 cm.) diam., one with box (2)


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    These jade discs might have descended from Neolithic bracelets in pottery and ivory. The thinness of these discs demonstrates the sophisticated workmanship of the lapidaries in the Shang period. The quantity of collared discs in Fu Haos and other Anyang tombs indicated that they were especially popular in Henan at that time. They were widely distributed and were also found in Sanxingdui in Sichuan and Dayangzhou in Jiangxi. For examples excavated from the Fu Hao tomb, see Tomb of Lady Hao at Yinxu in Anyang, Cultural Relics Publishing House, Beijing, 1980, pl. 91 and 94.

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


    Provenance

    Baron and Baroness von Oertzen Collection


    Literature

    S. Howard Hansford, Jade - Essence of Hills and Streams, Johannesburg, 1969, no. A16, p. 36; A103, p. 63