• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

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

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1118

    A WHITE JADE ARCHAISTIC PLAQUE

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A WHITE JADE ARCHAISTIC PLAQUE
    18TH CENTURY
    Carved in the form of a cloud-enshrouded plectrum, with a small feline at the bottom on one side peering up at a dragon slithering through the hole in the center, the stone semi-translucent
    3¼ in. (8.3 cm.) high


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    The dragon and tiger are two of the oldest animals represented in Chinese art, and together represent the yin and yang guardians. They are also associated, respectively, with the clouds and the wind, and the idiomatic expression, 'The meeting of the wind and the clouds', signifies an opportune moment and is often used to allude to talented people coming into critical situations at just the right moment. The underlying message can therefore be construed, 'May an opportune moment arrive soon so you can demonstrate your ability'.

    Exhibited

    Chinese Jade: The Image from Within, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, 1985 - 1986, no. 210.