15 May 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 5,000
Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
A GREYISH CELADON JADE CONG, 17TH CENTURY
of squat and typical squared cylindrical form, probably later incised to one flat edge with an inscription reading 'May you, honored sir, enjoy great good fortune. To you, and your descendants, be glory for ever and ever.' Fourth year of Chongzhen (1631AD), Zi Gang -- 4in. (10.2cm.) wide.
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The Signature refers to Lu Zi Gang, a legendary carver of the Ming Dynasty and is not thought to be original to the piece.
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium
S. Howard Hansford, Jade - Essence of Hills and Streams, Johannesburg, 1969, no. E4, p. 180.