• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2405

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

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1059

    A RARE OLIVE-GREEN JADE CONVEX ORNAMENT

    SPRING AND AUTUMN PERIOD, CIRCA 5TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    A RARE OLIVE-GREEN JADE CONVEX ORNAMENT
    SPRING AND AUTUMN PERIOD, CIRCA 5TH CENTURY BC
    Possibly a handle, the center carved with addorsed taotie masks flanked by scrolls above a taotie mask carved at each end, one with a bullnose hole, the semi-translucent stone with opaque brown color from alteration; together with a semi-translucent olive-green and brown jade huang, c. 5th century BC, the thin plaque carved in low relief on both sides with three sections of detached scrolls separated by narrow rope-twist borders, the end sections with abstract dragon heads and notched borders
    2 3/8 and 3¼ in. (6 and 8.3 cm.) long (2)


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    The ornament is similar in shape to one excavated at Yangshan, Wu county, Jiangsu province, illustrated by Yao Qinde, "Spring and Autumn Period Jades from the State of Wu", Orientations, October 1991, pp. 47-52, fig. 13.

    Provenance

    Ornament: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.
    Huang: C.T. Loo & Co., New York.
    Frank Caro, New York, 1964.


    Exhibited

    Huang: Exhibition of Chinese Arts, C.T. Loo & Co., New York, 1 November 1941 - 30 April 1942, no. 275.
    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. LIV (10).