28th Jun, 2024 11:00

Fine Asian Art Summer Sale

 
  Lot 133
 

133

AN IVORY COLORED JADE COMB HANDLE WITH TAOTIE MASK, LIANGZHU CULTURE

Sold for €1,858

including Buyer's Premium


Lot details

China, circa 3300-2200 BC. This type of jade handle is also known as a ‘comb crown’ and of trapezoid shape with a coronet top. A comb would have been fitted to the three apertures on the lower end and used as a hair ornament. The center of each side is decorated with a mask motif characterized by circular pupils framed by finely incised lines and scrolls. The opaque stone is of a pale and creamy ivory color.

Provenance: U.S. collection. The stand with an inscribed label. The authentication of this piece was conducted by Senior Fellow Gu Fang of the Institute of Archeology Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) on 28 August 2012, number 8494, described as ‘Jade comb handle with animal mask decoration‘, dated to the Liangzhu culture (3200-2300 BC), 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: Good condition, commensurate with age. Extensive wear, minor nibbling, signs of weathering and erosion, and soil encrustations. The stone with natural fissures, some of which have developed into small hairline cracks over time. The stone with a smooth polish.
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: 62.2 g
Dimensions: Length 8.2 cm

Mounted to a modern metal stand. (2)

Literature comparison:
Compare a related crown shape jade ornament but without mask decoration, exhibited in J.J. Lally & Co. Oriental Art, Ancient Chinese Jade, 15-29 March 2018, no. 40. Several closely related jade comb handles are illustrated in Elizabeth Child-Johnson and Gu Fang ‘The Jade Age: Early Chinese Jades in American Museums’, Beijing, Science press, 2009, p. 344.

Auction result comparison:
Type: Related
Auction: Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 28 November 2019, lot 712
Price: HKD 625,000 or approx. EUR 81,000 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: A calcified jade comb plaque Neolithic period, Liangzhu culture
Expert remark: Compare the related form, central mask motif, and color of the jade. Note the incision work and smaller size (5.8 cm).

 

China, circa 3300-2200 BC. This type of jade handle is also known as a ‘comb crown’ and of trapezoid shape with a coronet top. A comb would have been fitted to the three apertures on the lower end and used as a hair ornament. The center of each side is decorated with a mask motif characterized by circular pupils framed by finely incised lines and scrolls. The opaque stone is of a pale and creamy ivory color.

Provenance: U.S. collection. The stand with an inscribed label. The authentication of this piece was conducted by Senior Fellow Gu Fang of the Institute of Archeology Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) on 28 August 2012, number 8494, described as ‘Jade comb handle with animal mask decoration‘, dated to the Liangzhu culture (3200-2300 BC), 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: Good condition, commensurate with age. Extensive wear, minor nibbling, signs of weathering and erosion, and soil encrustations. The stone with natural fissures, some of which have developed into small hairline cracks over time. The stone with a smooth polish.
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: 62.2 g
Dimensions: Length 8.2 cm

Mounted to a modern metal stand. (2)

Literature comparison:
Compare a related crown shape jade ornament but without mask decoration, exhibited in J.J. Lally & Co. Oriental Art, Ancient Chinese Jade, 15-29 March 2018, no. 40. Several closely related jade comb handles are illustrated in Elizabeth Child-Johnson and Gu Fang ‘The Jade Age: Early Chinese Jades in American Museums’, Beijing, Science press, 2009, p. 344.

Auction result comparison:
Type: Related
Auction: Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 28 November 2019, lot 712
Price: HKD 625,000 or approx. EUR 81,000 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: A calcified jade comb plaque Neolithic period, Liangzhu culture
Expert remark: Compare the related form, central mask motif, and color of the jade. Note the incision work and smaller size (5.8 cm).

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