London, South Kensington
15 May 2009
FIVE SMALL JADE SWORD FITTINGS, WESTERN HAN DYNASTY (206BC-8AD)
comprising three scabbard fittings, one of pale green and russet tone, decorated with hexagonal diaper pattern of raised dots, the second of yellow and russet tone, with raised c-scroll decoration, the third of pale celadon tone, with similar decorative design; one opaque olive jade sword chape, incised with geometric designs; and a further smaller jade sword chape, altered to an opaque cream tone -- the first, 1 7/8in. (4.8cm.) long. (5)
First: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, probably 1963; Second: Acquired prior to 1966; Third: C.T. Loo & Co., New York. Frank Caro, New York, 1964; Fourth: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1963; Fifth: Acquired prior to 1966.
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Third: An Exhibition of Chinese Archaic Jades, C.T. Loo & Co. at Norton Gallery of Art, 20 January - 1 March 1950, pl. LVIII (2).
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