Lot 157. A yellowish-celadon jade 'twin-bird' pendant, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC); 4.3 by 4.5 cm. Lot sold: 403,200 HKD (Estimate: 200,000 - 300,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022
the flat plaque with a slightly convex surface, carved on both sides in the form of two confronted birds in an upright position, the birds depicted with stylised blade-shape wings, detailed with incised pupils and scrolling motifs to the bodies, vertically perforated at the centre where the beaks, chests and talons meet.
Provenance: Collection of Alfred F. Pillsbury, Minneapolis.
Collection of Mr and Mrs William and Charlotte McKim, Palm Beach, Florida.
Sotheby's New York, 2nd November 1979, lot 7.
Literature: An Exhibition of Chinese Archaic Jades, arranged for Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, C.T. Loo, inc., New York, 1950, pl. XXIV:3.
Ip Yee, Chinese Jade Carving, Hong Kong, 1983, cat. no. 83.
Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl. 17:15.
Exhibited: An Exhibition of Chinese Archaic Jades, Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, 1950.
Chinese Jade Carving, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1983.
British Museum, London, on loan, 1995.
Sotheby's. HOTUNG The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung: Part 1, Hong Kong, 9 October 2022