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LOT 151 - FAS0624

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Lot details

China, 475-221 BC. Well sculpted in the form of a standing man, dressed in robes finely incised with geometric motifs and scrolls, and the skirt decorated with a hatched and checkered design. The round face with almond shaped eyes, long nose, and ovoid mouth, and the head surmounted by an ingot-shaped hat pierced with a horizontal suspension hole. The semi-translucent stone of a pale-yellow color with white specks and russet shadings.

Provenance: U.S. collection. The authentication of this piece was conducted by Senior Fellow Gu Fang of the Institute of Archeology Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) on 9 January 2008, number 2486, described as ‘Jade standing human figure’, dated to the Warring states period, signed by Gu Fang, and notarized by Notary Noreen J. Lowery, New York. Gu Fang, born 1962 in Beijing, graduated from the Department of Archeology of the prestigious Beijing University in 1986. He later studied at the CASS where he is now working as a Senior Fellow specializing in Archeological excavations and research on Chinese Jades. Gu Fang authored several books on Chinese jades including 15 volumes on ‘The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China’, one of the largest collections of Chinese jades to date.
Condition: Very good condition, commensurate with age. Wear, sings of weathering, and small nicks.
External Expert Authentication: A copy of the authentication report from Senior Fellow Gu Fang of the Institute of Archeology Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) accompanies this lot and will be transmitted to the winning bidder.

Weight: 51.2 g
Dimensions: Height 8.6 cm

Literature comparison:
Compare a related jade standing figure, dated Warring states period, 4.2 cm tall, in the Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of Asian Art, accession number S1987.482.

Auction result comparison:
Type: Closely related
Auction: Sotheby’s Paris, 21 December 2023, lot 90
Price: EUR 8,255 or approx. EUR 8,500 adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: A partly-calcified jade 'figure' pendant, Warring states period, circa 4th century BC or later
Expert remark: Compare the closely related motif, pose, and hatched design to the skirt. Note the smaller size (3.9 cm).

Auction result comparison:
Type: Related
Auction: Christie’s Hong Kong, 29 November 2017, lot 2755
Price: HKD 875,000 or approx. EUR 118,000 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: A jade standing figure, late Warring states period to early Western Han dynasty
Expert remark: Compare the related motif and pose. Note the color of the jade and smaller size (5.6 cm).


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