1st Mar, 2024 10:00

The No Reserve Dragon Sale

 
  Lot 69
 

69

AN ARCHAIC YELLOW & RUSSET JADE DRAGON PENDANT, EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
東周黃玉龍紋佩

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Estimate
€1,000
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Please note this Lot is to be sold at No Reserve. 本拍品不設底價

Opinion: The quality of this example is perhaps most visible when images of the right and left sides are viewed simultaneously, because only then it becomes apparent how much care was given by the craftsman to ensure that the spiral c-scroll clouds were laid out in an identical fashion. The quality is further personified by the rare color of the jade and the magnificent polish.

China, 6th-4th century BC. Carved in the form of a sinuous dragon, with head turned looking back, the s-shaped body with spirals carved in relief. The translucent stone of a fine yellow tone with russet shadings at the edges.

Provenance: Collection of Pierre Lallier. Pierre Lallier (1946-2021) was a master printer, having run the famous Atelier Georges Leblanc since 1968. He was also a passionate scholar and committed private collector, spending nearly half a century of his life building his private collection. He started at the age of 12, perusing the Parisian flea markets with his father, extensively researching every piece of interest, while also confirming its dating and provenance. He loved his objects, cherished them, and never wanted to part with them.
Condition: Very good condition with minor wear, few minuscule nicks, some of which have smoothened over time. Natural inclusions and fissures.

Weight: 21.9 g
Dimensions: Length 8 cm

Jade, known as the ‘Stone of Heaven’, represents wisdom, beauty, courage, and perfection. This combined with the powerful iconography of the dragon, creates a strong symbol of luck and good fortune. Jades in this form have a long tradition of being used as ritualistic objects, in particular tokens of rank and symbolic aids for the celestial journey thought to be undertaken by the dead. In the Zhou dynasty, the number of ritualistic jades increased significantly in burial sites, as multiple plaques, pendants, and beads were draped over the face and body of the deceased.

Literature comparison:
Refer to Michael Gulbenkian’s article Archaic Jades, Arts of Asia, May-June 1983, where the carved c-scroll cloud motif is used as a methodology to date archaic jades.

Auction result comparison:
Type: Closely related
Auction: Christie’s Hong Kong, 30 May 2017, lot 2719
Price: HKD 1,860,000 or approx. EUR 239,000 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing.
Description: A white jade dragon-form pendant, Warring States period (475-221 BC)
Expert remark: This comparable shows another iteration of the same design. Particular attention should be paid to the depiction of the lower jaw and snout of the dragon as they are executed in the same manner. While the primary color of the stone is of a different hue, the Christie’s pendant also has an attractive russet tinge around the outer edges, possibly signifying that both these ‘pendants’ were carved from pebbles just slightly larger than their finished size.

Auction result comparison:
Type: Closely related
Auction: Christie’s Hong Kong, 2 December 2021, lot 2702
Price: HKD 687,500 or approx. EUR 82,500 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing.
Description: A group of three jade dragon form pendants, late Spring and Autumn period, circa 570-476 BC
Expert remark: The first pendant in the lot is part of a closely related group of archaic jades that includes our pendant. While the color of the chosen stone is just as attractive, there is a clear demarcation between the two pieces. Christie’s carving is clearly a work of art, but it is not accompanied by the same level of quality or beauty as our pendant. It is also worth noting the placement and number of suspension apertures on each of the three Christie’s pendants. Looking at the multiple examples simultaneously shows that these are later-added features, as they are either off-center or through part of the carved design, and so these features should not be taken into account when assessing such ‘pendants’ as this was not their original function.



東周黃玉龍紋佩
中國,西元前六至四世紀。玉佩雕刻成彎曲的龍形,龍首回望,龍身浮雕雲紋。黃色調的半透明石料,邊緣帶有黃褐色陰影。

來源: Pierre Lallier收藏。Pierre Lallier (1946-2021年) 是一位印刷大師,自 1968 年以來一直經營著著名的 Atelier Georges Leblanc。他還是一位充滿熱情的學者和忠實的收藏家,一生中將近半個世紀的時間都用於建立他的私人收藏。 他從 12 歲開始與父親一起逛巴黎跳蚤市場,對每一件感興趣的東西進行研究,同時還要確認其年代和出處。他愛他的藏品,他珍惜它們,從不想與它們分開。
品相:狀況極好,有輕微磨損和微小的劃痕,其中一些隨著時間的推移已經變得平滑。 天然內沁和裂隙。

重量:21.9 克
尺寸:長8 厘米

文獻比較:
參考Michael Gulbenkian關於高古玉的文章,《Arts of Asia》,1983年5月-6月,其中雕刻的 C 形卷雲圖案被用作對古代玉器進行年代測定的方法。

拍賣結果比較:
形制:非常相近
拍賣:香港佳士得,2017年5月30日,lot 2719
價格:HKD 1,860,000(相當於今日EUR 239,000
描述:戰國白玉龍紋珮
專家評論:這個比較顯示了相同設計的另一個迭代。應特別注意龍的下顎和鼻子的描繪,因為它們是以相同的方式執行的。雖然玉石的原色是不同的色調,但佳士得龍紋珮的外緣也有迷人的黃褐色調,可能表明這兩個玉珮都是用比成品尺寸略大的玉石雕刻而成。

拍賣結果比較:
形制:非常相近
拍賣:香港佳士得,2021年12月2日,lot 2702
價格:HKD 687,500(相當於今日EUR 82,500
描述:春秋晚期龍形玉珮三件
專家評論:此組中第一個玉珮是非常相近的一組古代玉器的一部分,我們的玉珮也可能是其中一個。雖然所選玉石的顏色同樣吸引人,但兩者之間有明顯的界限。佳士得的雕刻顯然是一件藝術品,但它並沒有與我們的玉珮相媲美的質量或美感。還值得注意的是三件佳士得吊玉珮懸掛孔的位置和數量。查看多個示例表明這些是後來添加的特徵,因為它們不是偏離中心,就是通過雕刻設計的一部分,因此在評估此類“玉珮”時不應考慮這些特徵,因為這不是他們原來的功能。

 


Please note this Lot is to be sold at No Reserve. 本拍品不設底價

Opinion: The quality of this example is perhaps most visible when images of the right and left sides are viewed simultaneously, because only then it becomes apparent how much care was given by the craftsman to ensure that the spiral c-scroll clouds were laid out in an identical fashion. The quality is further personified by the rare color of the jade and the magnificent polish.

China, 6th-4th century BC. Carved in the form of a sinuous dragon, with head turned looking back, the s-shaped body with spirals carved in relief. The translucent stone of a fine yellow tone with russet shadings at the edges.

Provenance: Collection of Pierre Lallier. Pierre Lallier (1946-2021) was a master printer, having run the famous Atelier Georges Leblanc since 1968. He was also a passionate scholar and committed private collector, spending nearly half a century of his life building his private collection. He started at the age of 12, perusing the Parisian flea markets with his father, extensively researching every piece of interest, while also confirming its dating and provenance. He loved his objects, cherished them, and never wanted to part with them.
Condition: Very good condition with minor wear, few minuscule nicks, some of which have smoothened over time. Natural inclusions and fissures.

Weight: 21.9 g
Dimensions: Length 8 cm

Jade, known as the ‘Stone of Heaven’, represents wisdom, beauty, courage, and perfection. This combined with the powerful iconography of the dragon, creates a strong symbol of luck and good fortune. Jades in this form have a long tradition of being used as ritualistic objects, in particular tokens of rank and symbolic aids for the celestial journey thought to be undertaken by the dead. In the Zhou dynasty, the number of ritualistic jades increased significantly in burial sites, as multiple plaques, pendants, and beads were draped over the face and body of the deceased.

Literature comparison:
Refer to Michael Gulbenkian’s article Archaic Jades, Arts of Asia, May-June 1983, where the carved c-scroll cloud motif is used as a methodology to date archaic jades.

Auction result comparison:
Type: Closely related
Auction: Christie’s Hong Kong, 30 May 2017, lot 2719
Price: HKD 1,860,000 or approx. EUR 239,000 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing.
Description: A white jade dragon-form pendant, Warring States period (475-221 BC)
Expert remark: This comparable shows another iteration of the same design. Particular attention should be paid to the depiction of the lower jaw and snout of the dragon as they are executed in the same manner. While the primary color of the stone is of a different hue, the Christie’s pendant also has an attractive russet tinge around the outer edges, possibly signifying that both these ‘pendants’ were carved from pebbles just slightly larger than their finished size.

Auction result comparison:
Type: Closely related
Auction: Christie’s Hong Kong, 2 December 2021, lot 2702
Price: HKD 687,500 or approx. EUR 82,500 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing.
Description: A group of three jade dragon form pendants, late Spring and Autumn period, circa 570-476 BC
Expert remark: The first pendant in the lot is part of a closely related group of archaic jades that includes our pendant. While the color of the chosen stone is just as attractive, there is a clear demarcation between the two pieces. Christie’s carving is clearly a work of art, but it is not accompanied by the same level of quality or beauty as our pendant. It is also worth noting the placement and number of suspension apertures on each of the three Christie’s pendants. Looking at the multiple examples simultaneously shows that these are later-added features, as they are either off-center or through part of the carved design, and so these features should not be taken into account when assessing such ‘pendants’ as this was not their original function.



東周黃玉龍紋佩
中國,西元前六至四世紀。玉佩雕刻成彎曲的龍形,龍首回望,龍身浮雕雲紋。黃色調的半透明石料,邊緣帶有黃褐色陰影。

來源: Pierre Lallier收藏。Pierre Lallier (1946-2021年) 是一位印刷大師,自 1968 年以來一直經營著著名的 Atelier Georges Leblanc。他還是一位充滿熱情的學者和忠實的收藏家,一生中將近半個世紀的時間都用於建立他的私人收藏。 他從 12 歲開始與父親一起逛巴黎跳蚤市場,對每一件感興趣的東西進行研究,同時還要確認其年代和出處。他愛他的藏品,他珍惜它們,從不想與它們分開。
品相:狀況極好,有輕微磨損和微小的劃痕,其中一些隨著時間的推移已經變得平滑。 天然內沁和裂隙。

重量:21.9 克
尺寸:長8 厘米

文獻比較:
參考Michael Gulbenkian關於高古玉的文章,《Arts of Asia》,1983年5月-6月,其中雕刻的 C 形卷雲圖案被用作對古代玉器進行年代測定的方法。

拍賣結果比較:
形制:非常相近
拍賣:香港佳士得,2017年5月30日,lot 2719
價格:HKD 1,860,000(相當於今日EUR 239,000
描述:戰國白玉龍紋珮
專家評論:這個比較顯示了相同設計的另一個迭代。應特別注意龍的下顎和鼻子的描繪,因為它們是以相同的方式執行的。雖然玉石的原色是不同的色調,但佳士得龍紋珮的外緣也有迷人的黃褐色調,可能表明這兩個玉珮都是用比成品尺寸略大的玉石雕刻而成。

拍賣結果比較:
形制:非常相近
拍賣:香港佳士得,2021年12月2日,lot 2702
價格:HKD 687,500(相當於今日EUR 82,500
描述:春秋晚期龍形玉珮三件
專家評論:此組中第一個玉珮是非常相近的一組古代玉器的一部分,我們的玉珮也可能是其中一個。雖然所選玉石的顏色同樣吸引人,但兩者之間有明顯的界限。佳士得的雕刻顯然是一件藝術品,但它並沒有與我們的玉珮相媲美的質量或美感。還值得注意的是三件佳士得吊玉珮懸掛孔的位置和數量。查看多個示例表明這些是後來添加的特徵,因為它們不是偏離中心,就是通過雕刻設計的一部分,因此在評估此類“玉珮”時不應考慮這些特徵,因為這不是他們原來的功能。

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