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Lot 212. Two celadon jade 'bird' plaques, Shang dynasty - Western Zhou dynasty. Length 9.3 and 9.2 cm, 3⅝ and 3⅝ in. Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP. Lot sold 6,250 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's.

each of flat elongated triangular section with angular head and a pointed beak, carved with large eyes and parallel lines delineating wings, the stone of yellowish-green tone with areas of calcification.

NoteFor a very similar bird pendant dated to the Western Zhou Dynasty, see J. Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, 1995, p.227; and for another, see A. Salmony, Archaic Jades from the Edward and Louise B. Sonnenschein Collection, 1952, pl. XLV11, no. 7.

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Lot 213. Two celadon jade 'fish' pendants, Shang dynasty - Western Zhou dynasty. Length 6.8 and 6.5 cm, 2⅝ and 2½ inEstimate: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP. Lot sold 6,250 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's.

each with a flat arced body tapering to a pointed tail, incised to both sides depicting the eyes, the edge of the cheek and dorsal fins, the mouth pierced with a small hole.

Literature: M. Gulbenkian, Archaic Jades, Ancient and Modern, Arts of Asia, May-June 1983, p. 98.

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 Lot 214. A mottled jade reptile, Shang dynasty or later. Length 11.4 cm, 4½ in. Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000 GBP. Lot sold 2,500 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's.

the flattened body with three short horizontal ridges showing the neck and tapering to a pointed tail, the snout with an aperture, the stone a mottled beige tone.

Note: For a similar carving of a gecko dated to the Late Shang Dynasty, see Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1996, cat. no.14.

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Lot 215. A celadon jade pendant, huang, Western Zhou dynasty. Length 10.8 cm, 4¼ in. Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 GBP. Lot sold 32,500 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's.

of arched form, each end pierced with a small aperture and with notched edges, incised to both sides with an intertwining zoomorphic design, the translucent stone with scattered white inclusions.

Literature: M. Gulbenkian, Archaic Jades, Ancient and Modern, Arts of Asia, May-June 1983, p. 98.

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Lot 216. Two jade 'dragon' carvings, Eastern Zhou dynasty, 7th-6th century BC. Length 4.7 and 4.3 cm, 1⅞ and 1⅔ in. Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP. Lot sold 5,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. 

of flattened coiled section, one side covered with a dense pattern of interlocking angular scrolls executed in pairs of incised lines with small comma-like ends, the translucent stone of celadon and pale brown tones. 

Literature: M. Gulbenkian, Archaic Jades, Ancient and Modern, Arts of Asia, May-June 1983, p. 98.

Note: For a very similar coiled dragon openwork plaque, dated to the late Eastern Zhou Dynasty, see A. Salmony, Archaic Jades from the Edward and Louise B. Sonnenschein Collection, 1952, pl. LXXXV, no. 4. Compare also an arc-shaped pendant decorated with the same distinctive pattern from the collection of Sir Joseph Hotung, illustrated in Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade. From the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, p. 265, cat. no. 17:4.

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Lot 218. A small jade cong, Shang dynasty - Western Zhou dynasty. Height 4.9 cm, 1⅞ in. Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP. Lot sold 8,125 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. 

of tubular form with four projecting corners, each worked with stylised mythical beast faces accentuated with horizontal ridges and circular eyes, the stone a variegated celadon and brown colour. 

ProvenanceAcquired from Christie's London, 1983/1984.

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Lot 220. celadon and dark brown jade cong, Late Shang dynasty - Western Zhou dynasty. Width 6.5 cm, 2½ inEstimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP. Lot sold 27,500 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. 

of flattened square section, carved with a cylindrical tube extending to either end, each side carved with two stylised scroll bands, the stone a celadon and dark brown colour. 

Literature: M. Gulbenkian, Archaic Jades, Ancient and Modern, Arts of Asia, May-June 1983, p. 102.

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Lot 223. A collared jade disc, Shang dynasty. Width 6.5 cm, 2½ in. Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP. Lot sold 8,750 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. 

of circular flat form, the central aperture with a projecting collar on each side, the stone extensively suffused with brown inclusions.

Literature: M. Gulbenkian, Archaic Jades, Ancient and Modern, Arts of Asia, May-June 1983, p. 97.

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 Lot 224. A celadon and russet jade 'taotie mask' fragment, Shang dynasty or later. Width 5.5 cm, 2⅜ inEstimate: 2,000 - 3,000 GBP. Lot sold 10,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. 

the flat trapezoid body carved to the front face with half a taotie mask, the reverse pierced for possible suspension, the well-polished stone of rich celadon and russet tones. 

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Lot 225. A celadon and brown jade ring, Late Shang dynasty - Western Zhou dynasty. Width 6.5 cm, 2½ in. Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000 GBP. Lot sold 4,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. 

of circular form, modelled with a bevelled plane to one side, the stone of a variegated celadon and russet-brown tone

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 Lot 227. A small celadon and brown jade 'dragon' fragment, Shang dynasty - Western Zhou dynasty. Length 7 cm, 2¾ in. Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000 GBP. Lot sold 2,500 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. 

the flattened stone modelled as a sinuous dragon in profile with its tail upturned, detailed on both sides with neatly arranged scrollwork, the stone of an even celadon colour highlighted with dark-brown inclusions

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Lot 228. A small celadon and russet jade 'bird' pendant, Western Zhou dynasty. Length 6.2 cm, 2½ inEstimate: 2,000 - 3,000 GBP. Lot sold 4,750 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. 

the flat body carved with a small head and beak open, the body with parallel lines delineating the wings, the stone of yellowish-green tone with areas of russet inclusion

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Lot 233. A celadon jade scabbard slide, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty - Western Han dynasty. Length 6.2 cm, 2½ in. Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP. Lot sold 3,750 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's.

of rectangular form with one diagonal end, finely carved to the top surface with five rows of bosses, the stone of celadon tone with russet inclusions.

Literature: M. Gulbenkian, Archaic Jades, Ancient and Modern, Arts of Asia, May-June 1983, p. 100.

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Lot 234. A celadon jade 'taotie' scabbard chape, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty - Western Han dynasty. Length 6.2 cm, 2½ in. Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP. Lot sold 17,500 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's.

of trapezoidal form with curved flaring edges, detailed in low relief to each side with taotie masks and scrollwork, the stone of an attractive celadon tone suffused with russet inclusions.

Literature: M. Gulbenkian, Archaic Jades, Ancient and Modern, Arts of Asia, May-June 1983, p. 199.

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Lot 238. A celadon jade 'twin dragon' pendant, Warring States period. Length 9.2 cm, 3⅝ in. Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000 GBP. Lot sold 4,375 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's.

modelled as two intertwined dragons with long snouts and curled horns, detailed to the body on both sides with stylised 'C' scrolls and centred with a taotie mask design below a small aperture, the stone of even celadon tone with faint white highlights.

Note: For a very similar double-dragon pendant, dated to the Eastern Zhou, see A. Salmony, Carved Jade of Ancient China, 1982, pl. XL, no. 3; compare another example, published in W. Charles Wright, Tombs of Old Loyang, Shanghai, 1934, pl. CXXVI, no. 311.

Sotheby'sImportant Chinese Art, London, 06 Nov 2019