Lot 2. A jade axe blade, Neolithic Period; 14.2cm (5 1/8in) long. Estimate £ 1,500 - 2,000 (€ 1,700 - 2,300)© Bonhams 2001-2019

The smooth polished stone of olive tone with grey and mottled creamy russet inclusions, fitted box. 

Provenance: a distinguished Italian private collection formed circa 1930s-1940s, and thence by descent

NoteThe important Italian collector lived and worked in Shanghai between 1932 and 1936, as representative of his Italian company and in 1937, following the Sino-Japanese war, was transferred to Dalian in Southern Manchuria. After a brief period spent in Italy in 1938, he returned to Shanghai where he lived between 1939 and 1940. He then moved to Beijing where he lived between 1941 and 1946 and formed the vast majority of his collection of Chinese Art.

Bonhams. Asian Art, London, 13 May 2019 - 14 May 2019