Lot 201. Seven early jade carvings together with a turquoise carving of a bovine beast-head, Shang-Han Dynasty; 86.4cm (34in) high. Sold for £ 437,750 (€ 511,958). (Estimate £ 8,000 - £12,000). © Bonhams 2001-2021
Comprising a bird plaque, the stone of pale-grey tone, 5.9cm (2 1/2in) long; a yellow jade stylised dragon pendant, 8.9cm (3 3/8in) long; a rectangular plaque carved with 'C-scroll' patterns, the stone of dark greenish-brown tone, 6cm (2 3/8in) long; an elongated tapering plaque, the stone of grey tone with white and brown calcified patches, 11.8cm (4 1/2in) long; a reticulated rectangular plaque carved with chess-board pattern flanked by scrollwork, the stone of pale green tone with brown patches, 3.3cm (1 1/4in) long; a stylised 'lotus' pendant, the stone of pale green tone with areas of white calcification, 4.7cm (1 3/4in) long; a comb-shaped pendant, the stone of dark chocolate tone, 4.5cm (1 3/4in) long; and a turquoise bovine-head carving, 2cm (3/4in) long. (8).
Provenance: Mlle Densmore, Paris, 19 September 1961 (elongated tapering plaque)
Frank Caro, New York, November 1953 (reticulated rectangular plaque)
Frank Caro, New York, April 1954 ('lotus' pendant)
Mrs Gret Hasler (1895-1971), Winterthur, Switzerland, acquired from the above in 1961, 1953 and 1954 respectively, and thence by descent.
A trip to New York, Chicago and Washington in 1937 was the starting point for Mrs Gret Hasler's interest in Chinese art. This she continued until the Second World War by acquiring objects from dealers in Paris, Sweden and New York.
Note: See a similar turquoise carving of an animal face, Shang dynasty, illustrated in the Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade, 2, Beijing, 2011, p.156, no.166. A similar jade bird, Shang dynasty, is also illustrated in ibid. p.170, no.190. Compare the rectangular C-scroll jade plaque to a related jade pendant of stepped form, Spring and Autumn period, illustrated in the Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade 3, Spring and Autumn Period and Warring States Period, Beijing, 2011, p.53, no.44. Another similar jade carving of a bird, Shang dynasty, is also illustrated by J.Rawson, Chinese Jade: From the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, p.226, no.12:28 See also a related jade stylised dragon pendant, Warring States period, from the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1995, p.180, no.150.
Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art: Including Imperial and Court Textiles Curated by Linda Wrigglesworth, London, 2 november 2021