A jade 'magpie' finial Ming dynasty
Lot 220
A jade 'magpie' finial Ming dynasty
Sold for HK$ 212,500 (US$ 27,403) inc. premium
Lot Details
A jade 'magpie' finial
Ming dynasty
Naturalistically worked in the form of a bird depicted with head gently turned left, its feet in a perched position, the body finely worked with both wings tightly bound to the sides and swept upwards, the feathery body conveyed through deftly worked lines, all terminating in a prominent elongated tail, the stone of a pale greenish colour with russet markings.
9cm long.

Footnotes

  • Provenance 來源:
    Spink & Son Ltd., London, 20 May 1985

    The bird finial is one of the most ancient motifs found in prehistoric artifacts, particularly Liangzhu jades. For another later example of a jade finial, but in the form of a dove, see Later Chinese Jades. Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century, San Francisco, 2007, p.260, no.274.

    明 青玉喜鵲形杖首

    青玉玉質,部分帶黃色斑紋。主體呈一喜鵲半蹲,緊收雙翼,頭微偏向一邊,長尾後拖。其頸部絨毛、羽翼及尾部羽毛均作細緻雕刻。底部空心,應為權杖頭部裝飾物。

    此器於1985年5月20日得自倫敦Spink & Son公司,雕刻生動,具有典型明代風格。對比三藩市亞洲藝術博物館藏一件明代軟玉鴿形杖首,和一件清青玉喜鵲形飾件,見《Later Chinese Jades, Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century》,三藩市,2007年,頁260,圖版274。
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