London, South Kensington
8 November 2013
THREE WHITE JADE PLAQUES
18TH/ 19TH CENTURY
The first is a roundel carved and pierced with a shuangxi (double happiness) character, flanked by two bats. The second is a pendant shaped as a hanging vase with later metal handles. The third is an oval silver-mounted buckle carved with a taichi symbol with waves and cloud scrolls. The silver is marked jin sheng shou.
The largest 2¼ in. (5.7 cm.) wide
From a Private East Asian Collector (d. 1994).
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