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    Sale 7621

    A Private English Collection of White Jade Carvings & Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    4 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 42

    A WALNUT AND PORCELAIN COURT NECKLACE, CHAO ZHU

    19TH CENTURY

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    A WALNUT AND PORCELAIN COURT NECKLACE, CHAO ZHU
    19TH CENTURY
    Composed of ninety six carved walnut beads spaced by four large porcelain beads immitating turquoise jiezhu, 'connecting beads', suspending the beiyun, 'back cloud', composing of a yellow ribbon divided by the oval jiepai, 'connecting plaque' of porcelain immitating lapis lazuli, and weighed down by a dew-shaped zhuijiao, 'suspending ends' of porcelain immitating turquoise, the necklace is further enhanced by two strings of jinian, 'reminder', each composing of ten porcelain immitation-coral beads and weighed down by tear-shaped porcelain immitation-turquoise pendants


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    The court necklace, chaozhu, was an integral element of Qing official dress. Linked to the Buddhist rosary, the necklace was composed of 108 beads in four sections of 27, separated by larger 'Buddha's head' beads, and hung with three strings and tape which hung down the back.