London, South Kensington
15 May 2009
A JADE BELTHOOK AND FIVE JADE SWORD FITTINGS, HAN DYNASTY (206BC-220AD)
the belthook of a grey green and russet tone, altered to white in areas, carved with a dragon head on the hook end; a translucent brown jade sword chape, with sharply pointed sides, one end with one large drill hole pierced on its sides; an altered creamy white jade scabbard fitting, with incised c-scroll decoration; an almost completely calcified jade miniature sword chape, with one drill hole to one end; an altered creamy white scabbard fitting, decorated with c-scrolls; and a larger scabbard fitting completely altered to creamy white, carved in relief with tiny raised nodes -- the first, 5½in. (14cm) long. (6)
First: Chang Nai-chi Collection. C.T. Loo & Co., New York; Frank Caro, New York, prior to 1965; Second: C.T. Loo & Co., New York. Frank Caro, New York, prior to 1966; Third and Fourth: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1963; Fifth: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963; Sixth: Property of a lady, Sotheby & Co., July 11, 1967, Lot 49, illustrated.
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First: Archaic Chinese Jades, The University Museum, Philadelphia, February 1940, pl. III, no. 51.
First: 4000 Years of Chinese Art, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, October - November 1958, no. 93.
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