25 March 2010,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 12,500
Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000
THREE SMALL WHITE JADE ARCHAISTIC CARVINGS
MING/EARLY QING DYNASTY, 14TH-18TH CENTURY
Comprising two discs and a cicada pendant: one disc carved in high relief on the rounded top with a chilong, a dragon and a bird, the flat underside with bosses, the other disc carved on top with two chilong and on the underside with grain pattern, with earth and cinnabar accretions; the cicada carved with bulging eyes, faceted wings, legs and ribbed abdomen on the underside
1½ and 1 7/16 in. (3.8 and 3.7 cm.) diam., 2 in. (5.1 cm.) long (3)
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Hong Kong +852 2760 1766
Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766
A small white jade archaistic disc carved in a similar manner to the first disc, and dated to the Ming dynasty, is illustrated in Jewelry and Costumes of the Ming Dynasty, Nanjing Municipal Museum, 2000, p. 207.
First disc: J.T. Tai & Co., New York.
Cicada: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.
New York sales achieve the highest-ever total for the auction series — a remarkable $332,783,188
How to get clued up on everything from reign marks to firing flaws, palettes, glazes and the different kilns
Interior designer Alidad on a set of Chinese porcelain pieces that he finds reassuringly welcoming