26 March 2010,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 134,500
Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000
A FINE WHITE AND RUSSET JADE RECTANGULAR PENDANT
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.
Acquired in Hong Kong in 1982.
Chinese Jade: The Image from Within, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, 1985 - 1986, no. 199.
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