Lot 72. A yellow and russet jade archaistic 'chi dragon' disc, bi, 17th-18th century; 6.2cm (2 1/2in) high. Estimate HK$30,000-50,000. Sold for HK$ 4,240,000 (€ 506,613). Photo Bonhams.
The pierced oval disc worked in high relief on both sides, encircled by five frolicking chi dragons, the stone ranging from a pale greenish-yellow to dark brown tones.
Note: Yellow jades are considered to be one of the rarest amongst all nephrite jades. This intricately reticulated carving is thus a fine example of remarkable workmanship and excellent material. The current lot pays homage to the archaic styles of chi dragons with muscular features on bi discs. Such an exquisite piece with natural russet blemishes would have been favoured by the literati and would have been carried and worn to show exclusivity and high standing in social circles.
Bonham's. The Sze Yuan Tang Collection of Chinese Jades, Hong Kong, 5 April 2016