A group of two jade toggles of instruments 19th/20th century
Lot 5104A
A group of two jade toggles of instruments 19th/20th century
Sold for US$ 10,625 inc. premium
Auction Details
A group of two jade toggles of instruments 19th/20th century A group of two jade toggles of instruments 19th/20th century A group of two jade toggles of instruments 19th/20th century
Lot Details
Property from an East Coast Private Collection
A group of two jade toggles of instruments
19th/20th century
Each depicting a qin, the first with light carving throughout showing the strings and pegs with a brocade wrap at the center tied with a bow, the underside with two oval buttons and a hook, the matrix of white hue with some opaque white inclusions; the second draped with an open scroll on the top incised with a stand of bamboo, carved on the perimeter with scrolls and pine bows with a weiqi board on the underside, the matrix of olive hue with russet skin to the side.
4 1/8 and 2 1/2in (10.5 and 6.4cm) long

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    acquired from a private English collector in the 1980s

    The decoration on the two toggles represents the 'Four Arts' (siyi): the qin (also known as guqin, a stringed instrument), qi (the strategy game of Go), shu (calligraphy) and hua (painting). The siyi were the four accomplishments required of the Chinese gentleman-scholar.
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