• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1124

    A FINE WHITE AND RUSSET JADE RECTANGULAR PENDANT

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A FINE WHITE AND RUSSET JADE RECTANGULAR PENDANT
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    The thick plaque carved in high relief on one side with a dragon rising from waves in pursuit of a flaming pearl while being bitten by one chilong to the side, all below a tiger standing at the top peering down at the plain reverse which retains russet skin
    2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.) high


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    The present pendant clearly reflects the high skill of the jade carver, who has cleverly carved the details in the pure white portion of the stone, while leaving the golden russet skin and shape of the pebble on the reverse undecorated in appreciation of its natural beauty. The utilization of these varying colors and textures makes this pendant particularly striking.

    For the symbolism formed by the meeting of the dragon and tiger, see the footnote to lot 1118.

    Provenance

    Acquired in Hong Kong in 1982.


    Exhibited

    Chinese Jade: The Image from Within, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, 1985 - 1986, no. 199.