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    Sale 12171

    Dongxi Studio- Important Chinese Jade and Hardstone Carvings from a Distinguished Private Collection

    17 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 909

    A PALE GREYISH-GREEN AND BROWN JADE CONG

    SHANG-ZHOU DYNASTY, 2ND-1ST MILLENNIUM BC

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    A PALE GREYISH-GREEN AND BROWN JADE CONG
    SHANG-ZHOU DYNASTY, 2ND-1ST MILLENNIUM BC
    With flat sides and a shallow collar at each end, the semi-translucent, pale greyish-green stone now has areas of brown and buff opaque alteration.
    3 7/8 in. (9.7 cm.) high, box


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    Plain cong of this type that appear to be made from similar stone were made in different sizes and with collars of different heights. One ( 8.7 cm. high) from Shaanxi province, dated possibly Neolithic or Shang period, c. 2000-1200 BC, is illustrated by J. Rawson in Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, British Museum, 1995, p. 151, fig. 2. Two others in the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection are illustrated by M. Loehr in Ancient Chinese Jades, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, 1975, pp. 278-79, nos. 406 (7.5 cm. high) and 407 (5.5 cm. high). Both of these latter examples have similarly shallow collars and wide central opening.

    Provenance

    Tai Sing Co., Hong Kong, 20 November 1987.


    Literature

    Nicole De Bisscop, Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Brussels, 1995, p. 38, no. 9.


    Exhibited

    Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Kredietbank Gallery, Brussels, 25 October - 17 December 1995; Kredietbank Luxembourg, 1 February - 13 April 1996, no. 9.