VERY FINE ORNAMENTAL PIECE WITH DOUBLE RING

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Auction date:28.04.2017   15:00
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Lot 57VERY FINE ORNAMENTAL PIECE WITH DOUBLE RING
VERY FINE ORNAMENTAL PIECE WITH DOUBLE RING
Jade
China
Eastern Zhou, 5th Century. Before
DM. 5.7 CM, THICKNESS 3.5 - 4 MM
玉瑗。中國,東周代,公元前5世紀晚期。直徑5.7厘米,厚0.35-0.4 厘米。維也納私人舊藏。

This petite Jadering, a Yuan, with another in the centre, are decorated both rings are totally different. The exterior carries on both sides a Relief with the familiar archaic motifs, the Ends of the C turned, the outer edge of it are half and stretched C with the eyes, so as to discern shapes of dragons. This composition is tight and revitalized. In addition, there are boxes with grid patterns. The inner Ring, which is attached at three Points by narrow webs, which offers both sides a fine line decor, slightly rotated, and as hair. This white Jade Baiyu has a slightly greenish tone, in the light it is all white and with darker scattered the aging Speckles.

Comparative examples can be found in “Chinese Archaic Jades fromthe Kwan Collection”, University of Hong Kong, no. 201, smaller, and with something of a time later. It is pointed out similar examples were found in the Nanyue tomb, one on the Genital of the king under the Jadekleid, another under the chin of a Prince. A larger example from approximately the same period is in the Museum of Harvard University (USA), to see in the book “Chinese Art in Overseas Collections, Jade II”, national Museum of Taipei, no. 145.

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: This finely carved ornament is carved is shaped as two concentric rings hero together by three small, equally spaced ridges. The inner ring is decorated with parallel lines radiating from the centre, while the outside one has six pairs of stylized and confronted dragon heads, typical of 5th century BC jades, that alternate with areas filled with etched, criss-crossing lines. The jade is translucent white with some minor surface alterations in the form of opaque white stripes. This peculiar type of ornament developed during the Eastern Zhou period in south China, in areas falling within the cultural sphere of influence of the Chu state. Comparative examples in Western public collections include an ornament in the Freer/Sackler Galleries (acc. no. F1939.13) with the ‘twisted rope’ motif on the external ring and a plain inner ring: http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/edan/object.php?q=fsg_F1939.13 see also one from the Grenville L. Winthrop (1864-1943) collection now in the Harvard Art Museum, acc. no.1943.50.580, i.e. published in Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber, Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA), 1975, no.499: http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/collections/object/204600?position=0

Expertise: Wolfmar Zacken & Filippo Salviati
From a Viennese collection
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