Lot 26. A celadon jade 'coiled dragon' pendant, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (770-475 BC); 8.1 cm, 3 ⅛ in. Estimate: 200,000 - 300,000 HKD. Lot sold 327,600 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
skilfully worked on each side to depict a dragon with an agape jaw and extending a tongue, the C-shaped body detailed with scrollwork and pierced with an aperture, the pale greyish-celadon stone with darker inclusions.
Property from the Hei-Chi Collection.
Literature: Jiang Tao and Liu Yunhui, Jades from the Hei-Chi Collection, Beijing, 2006, pp. 72-73 top.
Note: The present pendant, modelled in the form of a coiled dragon densely embellished with smaller dragons and C-shaped scrollwork, demonstrates a style typical of the late Spring and Autumn period. See two closely related pendants, included in Teng Shuping, One Hundred Jades from the Lantien Shanfang Collection, Taipei, 1995, pl. 54.