• 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 66

    A RARE PALE GREENISH-WHITE AND PALE BROWN JADE BIRD-FORM FITTING

    TANG/LIAO DYNASTY, 10TH-11TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RARE PALE GREENISH-WHITE AND PALE BROWN JADE BIRD-FORM FITTING
    TANG/LIAO DYNASTY, 10TH-11TH CENTURY
    Well carved in the round as a recumbent bird with bent legs carved flat on the underside, the long neck arched sharply back where it meets upturned tail feathers to create a narrow horizontal slot, while a circular channel pierces the body from the chest and issues as a tube between the tail feathers, the head and feathers well detailed, with russet markings in the stone
    2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) long


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    Compare the similar jade bird included in Illustrated Catalogue of Chinese Government Exhibits for the International Exhibition of Chinese Art in London, vol. IV, Miscellaneous, 1936, p. 43, no. 22.

    Provenance

    Desmond Gure Collection, 1968.


    Exhibited

    Chinese Jades, Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, 1963, no. 70 (not illus.).