27 November 2007,
Price realised HKD 1,927,500
Estimate HKD 250,000 - HKD 300,000
A RARE 'CHICKEN-BONE' JADE ALMS BOWL
MING DYNASTY, 16TH-17TH CENTURY
The steep sides rising to a rounded slightly inturned rim, vividly carved to the exterior in relief with three slender coiling dragons among flames, each finely detailed with cross-hatched scales and twisting dorsal spines, the countersunk base bordered by a band of crested waves, the opaque stone varying from creamy beige to a lustrous dark greyish-brown tone
6¼ in. (15.9 cm.) diam., stand
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Hong Kong +852 2760 1766
Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766
The elongated bodies and cross-hatching technique used to depict the dragons' scales bears similarities with contemporaneous depictions of dragons on jade belt plaques prevalent during this period. However, the fine detail and sense of movement in the carving of the dragons on the current piece, not generally found on pieces of this period, highlights this as a particularly fine example of its kind.
J.J Lally, New York
Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no. 46
Christie's New York, 13-26 March 2001 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, August 2003-December 2004
Christie’s Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art on two decades of living and working in Hong Kong — and why Ch..
Chinese art specialist Michelle Cheng discusses the ’quiet, subtle grace’ of this superb piece from the Virata Fami..