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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 399

    A RARE YELLOW AND PALE RUSSET JADE ARCHAISTIC HINGED TWIN BI

    QING DYNASTY (1644-1911)

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    A RARE YELLOW AND PALE RUSSET JADE ARCHAISTIC HINGED TWIN BI
    QING DYNASTY (1644-1911)
    The two bi carved on both sides with a pattern of small bosses set within plain raised borders at the inner and outer rims, each with a movable reticulated center plaque, one carved with a yinyang symbol encircled by a ropetwist border and openwork scrolls, the other with a pearl flanked by angular scrolls within foliate scrolls, each with an angular loop formed by dragons projecting from the outer edge where they are conjoined by a square link carved in low relief with various patterns on the sides, the pale yellow stone with areas of pale russet pseudo alteration
    9½ in. (24.2 cm.) long


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    This unusual shape appears to be based on early jade prototypes of smaller size, such as the example of late Eastern Zhou date in the Winthrop Collection illustrated by M. Loehr, Ancient Chinese Jades, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, 1975, p. 342, no. 507. As with the present example, two bi carved with comma spirals and with angular loops with dragon scroll terminals projecting from the outer edges are joined by a fluted ring or hinge. Unlike the present example the two bi have two additional small dragon or bird scrolls projecting from the outer edge to balance those forming the terminals of the loops.
    Other Qing dynasty archaistic hinged twin-bi of this type have been published. One also of yellow jade, dated to mid-Qing, in the collection of the Palace Museum, is illustrated in Zhongguo yuqi quan ji - 6 - Qing, p. 171, no. 250; another in what appears to be greyish-green jade, in the Qing court collection, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 42 - Jadeware (III), Hong Kong, 1995, p. 159, no. 128. And a white jade example in the collection of His Majesty the King, Windsor Castle, was included in the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1935-36, no. 2327.

    Provenance

    Mrs. Christian R. Holmes, New York.
    Frank Caro, New York.


    Exhibited

    New York, Arden Gallery, 3000 Years of Chinese Jade, 1939, pp. 45 and 88, no. 225.


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