• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 12171

    Dongxi Studio- Important Chinese Jade and Hardstone Carvings from a Distinguished Private Collection

    17 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 905

    A RARE SMALL OPAQUE BUFF-COLORED JADE TUBULAR BEAD

    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, LIANGZHU CULTURE, CIRCA 2500 BC

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RARE SMALL OPAQUE BUFF-COLORED JADE TUBULAR BEAD
    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, LIANGZHU CULTURE, CIRCA 2500 BC
    The bead is drilled from each end and the sides are divided into two registers, each carved in low relief with two monster faces with large whorl-shaped eyes above horizontal noses filled with incised lines, all against a background of further incised lines and scrolls. The stone is now opaque and of buff color from alteration.
    1 ¼ in. (3.1 cm.) high, box


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    Two similar beads are illustrated by J. Rawson in Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, British Museum, 1995, p. 144, no. 5:11, where the author notes that similar beads have been found in Liangzhu tombs. Another similar bead is illustrated by J. F. So in Chinese Jades from the Cissy and Robert Tang Collection, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2015, p. 48, no. 4a. The author, p. 51, notes that the features carved on the bead are typical of Liangzhu jades from Fanshan and Yaoshan, as demonstrated by those in a string of beads found at Yaoshan, Yuhang, Zhejiang province, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China, vol. 8, Beijing, 2005, p. 128.

    Provenance

    Christie's Hong Kong, 25 October 1993, lot 1024.


    Literature

    Nicole De Bisscop, Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Brussels, 1995, p. 43, no. 11.
    Filippo Salviati, "The Dongxi Collection of Chinese Jades", Orientations, November 1995, p. 46, fig. 2.


    Exhibited

    Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Kredietbank Gallery, Brussels, 25 October - 17 December 1995; Kredietbank Luxembourg, 1 February - 13 April 1996, no. 11.