The Jason Chen collection of jade belt hooks, to be sold without reserve (lots 501-571) （拍品501-571為無底價）
Two lapis lazuli belt hooks
Qing dynasty Each worked with a long arched body and a circular knop at the underside, extending upwards to an upturned dragon head with a pair of horns and furry main running down the back of its head, one plain and undecorated, the other with a winding chi dragon clambering up to greet the mythical beast. Longest: 11.7cm long. (2).
清 青金石蒼龍教子帶鉤 青金石龍首帶銅
Lapis lazuli, known in Chinese as 'qing jinshi', has been collected from mines of Afghanistan for over six thoussand years and was fashioned into ornaments or used as embellishments in China since the Western Han period. Before the conquest of Xinjiang in 1759, which opened up local supply, the stone was extremely rare. The Qianlong Emperor is recorded as wearing a lapis lazuli necklance while presiding over ceremonies at the Altar or Heaven. A lapis lazuli Court necklace sent as tribute from Guangdong to the Emperor in 1771 is discussed in Tributes from Guangdong to the Qing Court, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1987, p.46.
This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.
ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.
If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.
Buyers' Premium and Charges
For all Sales categories excluding Wine:
Buyer's Premium Rates 25% up to HK$1,200,000 of the Hammer Price 20% from HK$1,200,001 to HK$20,000,000 of the Hammer Price 12% over HK$20,000,001 of the Hammer Price.
For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.