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    Sale 5336

    Chinese Art

    7 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 233

    A VIBRANT GREEN JADE BELTHOOK, 16TH/17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A VIBRANT GREEN JADE BELTHOOK, 16TH/17TH CENTURY
    with chemical alteration to the lower terminal, of slender bevelled form with a looped feline dragon head, the lower carved as a stylised flattened beast-head; a pale celadon jade with deep brown streaks modelled as a scabbard chape, of slightly tapering diamond section, carved in high relief to one side with a coiling chilong dragon, the reverse in lower relief with large geometric spirals, three drill holes to the upper flattened edge; a pale green stone scabbard chape with a chemical white alteration to surface, of tapering oval section, carved in low relief to the body with four mirror imaged deep spirals, a curling chilong to the reverse side, a single bore hole to the top edge; a honey brown jade with russet inclusions, in the form of a belt ring, the ring of tear-drop form with cylindrical aperture to the centre, two dragons carved and pierced clinging to this central surface facing opposite directions; and a pale greyish green jade ritual disc with finely carved spirals and curls to both surfaces, with four projecting curls to the four cardinal points -- The First 5¼in. (13.3cm.) high. (5)


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    Provenance

    Baron and Baroness von Oertzen Collection


    Literature

    S. Howard Hansford, Jade - Essence of Hills and Streams, Johannesburg, 1969, no.s B48, B45, B46, B49, C2, p. 85, 87, 95.