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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 273

    A RARE GREYISH-WHITE JADE BIRD-FORM NECKLACE CLOSING DEVICE

    LATE SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC

    Price Realised  

    A RARE GREYISH-WHITE JADE BIRD-FORM NECKLACE CLOSING DEVICE
    LATE SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC
    The fairly thick plaque in the shape of a bird (owl) as if seen from above, the large head tapering to a small hooked beak flanked by the circular eyes, the outspread wings carved with hooked scrolls and the bifurcated tail with parallel grooves, with a conical hole drilled through the body, the underside plain, the somewhat opaque stone with some fine brown mottling
    1¾ in. (4.5 cm.) across


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    A less detailed jade necklace closing device carved as a bird in flight excavated from the late Shang Tomb No. 3 at Qianzhangda, Tengzhou, Shandong province, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Unearthed Jades in China - 4 - Shandong, Beijing, 2005, no. 113. See, also, the more similar example in the Sonnenschein Collection illustrated by A. Salmony, Archaic Chinese Jades, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1952, pl. XLIX (4).

    Provenance

    Alfred F. Pillsbury Collection, Minneapolis.
    C.T. Loo & Co., New York.
    Frank Caro, New York, 1958.


    Literature

    A. Salmony, Carved Jade of Ancient China, Berkeley, 1938, pl. XXV (3).


    Exhibited

    An Exhibition of Chinese Archaic Jades, C.T. Loo & Co. at Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, 20 January - 1 March 1950, pl. XXIII (6).