SMALL PEARL WITH DENSE CLOUDS IN SPIRAL DECOR

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Auction date:28.04.2017   15:00
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Lot 58SMALL PEARL WITH DENSE CLOUDS IN SPIRAL DECOR
SMALL PEARL WITH DENSE CLOUDS IN SPIRAL DECOR
Jade
China
Eastern Zhou, 5th Century. before
HEIGHT 4.7 CM
小玉珠。中國,東周代,公元前6-5世紀。高4.7厘米。維也納私人舊藏。

Tapered to a carefully crafted pearl in a cylindrical shape, one end. The decor consists of tight rows of clouds, spirals, the “swirl pattern” Wowen. The head surfaces are flat and polished. The color is green to black-green, partially due to light and shows yellow-green tone. Due to aging of the area white. The Ösengang through the middle of the Vertical.

Very similar examples in “Chinese Archaic Jades fromthe Kwan Collection”, University of Hong Kong, no. 163. A further comparison of the pieces in “Jades of the Eastern Chou and Wu ChuDynasties”, Taiwan in 1979, in no. 167.

This Jade is published in the book of FILIPPO SALVIATI: “THE MYSTERIOUS STONE: Chinese Jades from the Neolithic to the Han in private collections” (publication date spring 2017).

Notes by Prof. Salviati: During the Eastern Zhou period, beads like this one were strung together with other jades discs, rings and huang, or arched counterparts - to make up elaborate necklaces worn by members of the nobility. The bead has a cone-like profile, with one side shorter than the other. It is rather thick with a hole drilled throughout and carved from a dark-coloured type of jade with blackish areas and a chalky-white, altered strip. The surface is decorated with fat, differently oriented scrolls in low relief, which are often used in the decoration of the 5th century, Eastern Zhou jades, as exemplified by those found in the tomb of the Marquis Yi of the Zeng state, dated after 433 BC. Compare a bead from the collection of R. H. Ellsworth (1929-2014) sold at Christie's New York on 19 March 2015 (Sale 11420), Lot 578: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/a-white-and-pale-brown-jade-bead-5876635-details.aspx?from=salesummery&intObjectID=5876635&sid=a0e97ae1-f64b-4821-ac20-8cbba20fa470 And a similar bead sold at wave gallery in December 2016, JAK1216-024: http://www.zacke.at/en/item/19999/conical-bead

Expertise: Wolfmar Zacken & Filippo Salviati
From a Viennese collection
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