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    Sale 2388

    Important Chinese Jades from the Personal Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman Part II

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1533

    A RARE 'CHICKEN-BONE' JADE ALMS BOWL

    Price Realised  

    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


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    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.

    Provenance

    J.J Lally, New York


    Literature

    Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no. 46


    Exhibited

    Christie's New York, 13-26 March 2001 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, August 2003-December 2004