• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1122

    A RARE LARGE WHITE AND RUSSET JADE ARCHAISTIC FITTING

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RARE LARGE WHITE AND RUSSET JADE ARCHAISTIC FITTING
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    Finely carved in high relief with two chilong, one in the white portion of the stone grasping a leafy sprig of lingzhi in its mouth, the other cleverly carved from the russet skin, the reverse carved in low relief with a series of comma spirals, each narrow side pierced with a small hole for attachment
    3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) long, wood stand, box


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    The present fitting exhibits the high level of skill of the carver in utilizing the natural color of the stone, evenly balancing the golden russet and nearly flawless white tones. The design, with two opposed dragons encircling a central rectangular aperture, may be based on ancient sword guards, and can be found as early as the Han dynasty, as evidenced by a glass example of similar shape in the collection of the British Museum, illustrated by S. Jenyns in Chinese Art III, New York, 1981, no. 73.

    The design seen on the present fitting is also found in jade interpretations of the Yuan and Ming dynasties. Compare a green and brownish-black jade fitting of similar shape, also carved with two chilong around a central aperture, dated to the Yuan dynasty, illustrated by Huang Xuanpei, ed., Jade Wares of the Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing Unearthed from Shanghai, Shanghai, 2001, p. 106, no. 70. Another, and perhaps more closely related example, also with two chilong, with one holding a stem of lingzhi as is seen on the present lot, dated 14th-15th century and in the collection of the British Museum, was included in the O.C.S. exhibition, Chinese Jade throughout the ages, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1 May - 22 June 1975, no. 349.

    Provenance

    King Feng Arts, Hong Kong, 1983.


    Exhibited

    Chinese Jade: The Image From Within, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, 1985 - 1986, no. 194.