Lot 45. A jade ge and archaic bronze haft, Shang dynasty (c. 1600-c. 1050 BCE); overall 18.5 cm. Estimate: 200,000 - 300,000 HKD. Lot sold: 2,520,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
the mottled jade blade worked with bevelled edges tapering to a distinct crest, fitted into the socket of a bronze tang with a perforation between the long bar and butt, the bronze haft further cast with taotie and zoomorphic designs, wood stand.
Note: Compare a similar but slightly larger (23.8 cm) jade ge in a bronze half cast with taotie and zoomophic designs from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, illustrated in Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber, Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 1975, cat. no. 74.
Jade Dagger-Axe in a Bronze Haft, Shang dynasty, 12th cent. BCE - 11th cent. BCE. Pale gray-green and whitish nephrite blade; bronze haft, 23.8 x 5.9 x 0.6 cm (9 3/8 x 2 5/16 x 1/4 in.), unspecified: 217 g, Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge.
Sotheby's. Monochrome III, Hong Kong, 22 April 2021