• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2389

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

    14 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 62

    THREE SEMI-TRANSLUCENT WHITE JADE ORNAMENTS

    LATE EASTERN ZHOU/EARLY WESTERN HAN DYNASTY, 4TH-2ND CENTURY BC

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    THREE SEMI-TRANSLUCENT WHITE JADE ORNAMENTS
    LATE EASTERN ZHOU/EARLY WESTERN HAN DYNASTY, 4TH-2ND CENTURY BC
    One a small circular disc carved with dragon scrolls, with connected inner ring incised with scrolls, the outer edge with two W-shaped flanges and a small C-scroll hook at the top, with some brown and opaque alteration; one an elongated elliptical bead finely carved on both slightly convex sides with interlocking scrolls, with a hole pierced through the tab at each end, with some russet alteration; the third a ring carved in low relief on both slightly convex sides with interlocking scrolls between plain borders
    1 11/16, 2 5/8 and 1 3/8 in. (4.2, 6.7 and 3.5 cm.) (3)


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    When included in the Philadelphia exhibition, the bead was attributed to Jincun, Henan province and the ring to Shou xian, Anhui province.

    A similar white jade ring dated to the Western Han dynasty excavated from the burial site at Sanjiaowei, Tianchang, Anhui, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Unearthed Jades in China - 6 - Anhui, Beijing, 2005, p. 134.

    Provenance

    First: C.T. Loo & Co., New York.
    Frank Caro, New York, 1964.
    Second and third: Chang Nai-chi Collection.
    J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1963.


    Exhibited

    First: Exhibition of Archaic Chinese Jades, C.T. Loo & Co. at Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, February 1950, pl. XLVIII (9).
    Second and third: Archaic Chinese Jades, The University Museum, Philadelphiha, February 1940, pl. VII, no. 114 or 116 and pl. XIII, no. 250, respectively.