06 octobre 2020

A celadon jade 'coiled dragon' pendant, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (770-475 BC)

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Lot 26. A celadon jade 'coiled dragon' pendant, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (770-475 BC); 8.1 cm, 3 ⅛ inEstimate: 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.

LiteratureJiang Tao and Liu Yunhui, Jades from the Hei-Chi Collection, Beijing, 2006, pp. 72-73 top.

NoteThe 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.

Sotheby's. Monochrome II, 9 October 2020, Hong Kong


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