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Lot 188. Two archaic jade fish-form pendants, Shang - Western Zhou dynasty. Length of larger 3 ⅜ in., 8.6 cmEstimate: 6,000 - 8,000 USD. Lot sold: 22,680 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

each of elongated rectangular form depicting a fish in profile, the head with large incised circular eyes and curved gill, the body detailed with fins and terminating in a bifurcated tail, the mouth pierced with a small aperture, the stone of a variegated celadon color (2).

ProvenanceCollection of John Story Jenks (1876-1946), and thence by descent.

ExhibitedChinese Art in the Philadelphia Collections, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 1937.

Note: John Story Jenks, an active philanthropist, served for many years on the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as donating many Chinese works of art to its permanent collection.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 17 march 2021