A pale green and russet jade pebble-shaped 'chilong' pommel  Late Ming / early Qing dynasty
Lot 288
A pale green and russet jade pebble-shaped 'chilong' pommel Late Ming / early Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 60,000 (US$ 7,734) inc. premium

Lot Details
A pale green and russet jade pebble-shaped 'chilong' pommel  Late Ming / early Qing dynasty
A pale green and russet jade pebble-shaped 'chilong' pommel
Late Ming / early Qing dynasty
The attractive stone retaining the original russet skin, boldly worked into the skilful depiction of a chilong dragon with long scaly body writhing around the exterior, the pale green background intricately worked with archaistic leiwen scroll, the interior a pale mottled green.
7cm long.

Footnotes

  • 明末/清初   帶皮玉雕螭龍柄端飾件

    The quality of the stone and workmanship on this pommel is exceptional. The skill of the artisan in incorporating the natural skin colour of the stone into the subject is consistent with that displayed on other jades from the Qing court collection, preserved in the National Palace Museum, Taipei. Compare the depiction of the chilong dragons to that on a jade 'horn-shaped' censer, illustrated in Through the Prism of the Past: Antiquarian Trends in Chinese Art of the 16th to 18th Century, Taipei, 2003, pg. 153, pl.III-18. The censer, dated 17th century, shares the same colour of stone to the current lot. The same scroll motifs worked into the stone closely match those on a jade cup illustrated ibid, pg. 162, pl. III-28.
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