• Jewels: The Hong Kong Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2736

    Jewels: The Hong Kong Sale

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2315

    A VERY IMPORTANT JADEITE BANGLE

    Price Realised  

    A VERY IMPORTANT JADEITE BANGLE
    The carved circular jadeite band of rich emerald green colour and high translucency, depicting as a circle of lotus root, inner diameter approximately 58.73 mm, widths approximately 10.72 mm, thicknesses approximately 9.53 mm
    Accompanied by report no. KJ44093 dated 24 August 2009 from the Hong Kong Jade & Stone Laboratory stating that the bangle is natural jadeite and no polymer is detected


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    US$50,000-75,000

    Special Notice

    Items which contain rubies or jadeite originating in Burma (Myanmar) may not be imported into the U.S. As a convenience to our bidders, we have marked these lots with Y. Please be advised that a purchaser¹s inability to import any such item into the U.S. or any other country shall not constitute grounds for non-payment or cancellation of the sale. With respect to items that contain any other types of gemstones originating in Burma (e.g., sapphires), such items may be imported into the U.S., provided that the gemstones have been mounted or incorporated into jewellery outside of Burma and provided that the setting is not of a temporary nature (e.g., a string).


    Pre-Lot Text

    FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF THE WIFE OF GENERAL NGUYEN VAN THIEU, PRESIDENT OF THE FORMER REPUBLIC OF SOUTH VIETNAM (1967-1975)

    Madame Nguyen Van Thieu was the last serving First Lady of the former Republic of South Vietnam. Growing up as the son of a small landowner, her husband - General Nguyen Van Thieu quickly aspired to politics during his youth and sought high positions in Vietnamese government. His ambition and skillful military career led to his appointment as President in 1967, where he remained until 1975. Madame Van Thieu was known to have always worn jadeite jewellery at many of the state functions she attended with her husband. Offered as Lot 2315, this Burmese jadeite bangle was considered one of her prized possessions. This fine jewel displays a rich emerald green and a high degree of translucency, features so typical of the old mine material coveted by top jadeite collectors. The piece is uniquely fashioned into a lotus root design. This type of jadeite bangle carving is rare as it would entail a great wastage of material, rendering the piece an important find in the market today.