25 March 2010,
Price realised USD 12,500
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)
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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.
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