• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2389

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

    14 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 63

    A RARE SMALL WHITISH JADE OPENWORK CYLINDRICAL FITTING

    LATE EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 3RD-2ND CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    A RARE SMALL WHITISH JADE OPENWORK CYLINDRICAL FITTING
    LATE EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 3RD-2ND CENTURY BC
    The asymmetrical openwork sides finely carved as a coiled feline dragon with a long curled tail, the whitish stone with areas of opaque white alteration, with high fine polish; together with a small whitish jade slide/ornament, the middle section of trapezoidal form, pierced with a horizontal slit and carved on the sides with scrolls, the top surmounted by a standing dragon and the bottom with a pierced trefoil tab, the semi-translucent stone with areas of opaque white alteration
    ¾ and 1 7/8 in. (1.9 and 4.7 cm.) high (2)


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    Similar representations of these rather ferocious feline creatures, shown with head reared back and mouth agape, can be seen on a late Eastern Zhou finial and plaque in the Winthrop Collection illustrated by M. Loehr, Ancient Chinese Jades, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1975, p. 305, nos. 445 and 446 respectively.

    Provenance

    First: Chang Nai-chi Collection.
    Both: Frank Caro, New York, 1964.