London, South Kensington
4 November 2014
FOUR JADE CARVINGS
MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)
The first is a bi disc modelled as an archaistic coiled dragon with scrolling decoration, stylised feathers and raised nodes. The second is a sword-slide pierced with a sinuous chilong with bifurcated tail. The third and fourth are two seals one of which is surmounted by a recumbent mythical beast. All are of a celadon and dark grey tone with mottled brown inclusions.
The largest 4¾ in. (12 cm.) diam.
Acquired in the 1950s in Hong Kong by the vendor's grandfather.
The bi disc and the sword slide listed within a Christie's London valuation document dated 1970.
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