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Lot 39 - AN EXQUISITE AND RARE TIGER-SHAPED PENDANT IN PALE GREEN JADE WITH FINE INCISED [...]

Estimation : 16 000 €

AN EXQUISITE AND RARE TIGER-SHAPED PENDANT IN PALE GREEN JADE WITH FINE INCISED DECORATION
Jade, China. Late Eastern Zhou to early Western Han, 3rd – 2nd century BC 虎形玉佩 -東周晚期到西漢早期, 公元前3世紀-前2世紀

Tiger-shaped pendants, in use in the early Eastern Zhou (see nos.19 and 22 in this auction), were revived at the end of the period and continued to be made into the Western Han dynasty (lots nos.43 and 44). In these last phases, the rather stiff posture of earlier tiger-shaped pendants was abandoned in favour of a more sinuous treatment of the body, as exemplified by this exquisite and rare example carved in pale green jade: the harmonious curves of the tiger’s body, its stance and the surface decoration give the object a sense of motion. The face, turned towards the back, haunches and tail are ever so slightly rounded to render the three-dimensional quality of the animal. Fine incised lines delineate the features on the face and limbs, while the body is covered with regularly spaced curls. A hole for suspension is drilled in the elegant appendage that protrudes from the back of the tiger. The originally translucent jade has a chalky white patina in many areas, numerous patches of brown and dots of cinnabar.
An almost matching example in pale green jade with dark areas and of similar dimensions is in the Samuel and Myrna Myers collection: J.P. Desroches (ed.), Two Americans in Paris. A Quest for Asian Art, Paris 2016, no.152. See also no.153 in the same publication for another very similar example, but with a long crest extending from the body.

LENGTH 10.4 CM – WIDTH 6.5 CM 長10.4 厘米 -寬 6.5 厘米

From an Austrian collection

All jades in this catalogue have been professionally examined, authenticated and described by Prof. Filippo Salviati. Professor Salviati teaches Chinese and Korean art at Sapienza University in Rome, in the Italian Institute of Oriental Studies. He is a world expert on archaic Chinese jades, having released multiple publications and being cited by renowned auction houses such as Sotheby’s. The microscopic images made available here, show that the weathering of the jade has occurred over a long period of time. Furthermore in the magnification one can reconstruct the workings of the jade. The two aforementioned criteria are exactly what counts in the authentication of archaic jades – the difficult and elaborate workmanship by hand and the subsequent weathering of the jade over centuries. The microscopic enlargements show how the patterns were ground out in many small steps, sometimes over months, and that the weathering actually occurs above the carvings, meaning it occurred after the jade was completed.

AN EXQUISITE AND RARE TIGER-SHAPED PENDANT IN PALE GREEN JADE WITH FINE INCISED DECORATION
Jade, China. Late Eastern Zhou to early Western Han, 3rd – 2nd century BC 虎形玉佩 -東周晚期到西漢早期, 公元前3世紀-前2世紀

Tiger-shaped pendants, in use in the early Eastern Zhou (see nos.19 and 22 in this auction), were revived at the end of the period and continued to be made into the Western Han dynasty (lots nos.43 and 44). In these last phases, the rather stiff posture of earlier tiger-shaped pendants was abandoned in favour of a more sinuous treatment of the body, as exemplified by this exquisite and rare example carved in pale green jade: the harmonious curves of the tiger’s body, its stance and the surface decoration give the object a sense of motion. The face, turned towards the back, haunches and tail are ever so slightly rounded to render the three-dimensional quality of the animal. Fine incised lines delineate the features on the face and limbs, while the body is covered with regularly spaced curls. A hole for suspension is drilled in the elegant appendage that protrudes from the back of the tiger. The originally translucent jade has a chalky white patina in many areas, numerous patches of brown and dots of cinnabar.
An almost matching example in pale green jade with dark areas and of similar dimensions is in the Samuel and Myrna Myers collection: J.P. Desroches (ed.), Two Americans in Paris. A Quest for Asian Art, Paris 2016, no.152. See also no.153 in the same publication for another very similar example, but with a long crest extending from the body.

LENGTH 10.4 CM – WIDTH 6.5 CM 長10.4 厘米 -寬 6.5 厘米

From an Austrian collection

All jades in this catalogue have been professionally examined, authenticated and described by Prof. Filippo Salviati. Professor Salviati teaches Chinese and Korean art at Sapienza University in Rome, in the Italian Institute of Oriental Studies. He is a world expert on archaic Chinese jades, having released multiple publications and being cited by renowned auction houses such as Sotheby’s. The microscopic images made available here, show that the weathering of the jade has occurred over a long period of time. Furthermore in the magnification one can reconstruct the workings of the jade. The two aforementioned criteria are exactly what counts in the authentication of archaic jades – the difficult and elaborate workmanship by hand and the subsequent weathering of the jade over centuries. The microscopic enlargements show how the patterns were ground out in many small steps, sometimes over months, and that the weathering actually occurs above the carvings, meaning it occurred after the jade was completed.

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