Gorgeous softly carved Icy White Jade butterfly pendant probably Qianlong Dynasty. I’ve been an obsessed collector of art and particularly Antique Asian Art for about the last 20 years. I have posted a few sample shots of some of my collection and I have given my opinion on the listed piece. Do bear in mind that Art is not an exact science however! The Chinese, in particular, have always venerated the ancient and for millennia have made faithful copies of older pieces- with jade, for example, the stone is millions of years old but the cutting methods only changed in the late nineteenth century, therefore even top “experts” can only make an educated guess as to the age… That’s why provenance from an old collection is their only certainty… And that rarely proves more than 100 years, usually much less…. I have for years researced important museum collections and I believe I have some ancient pieces and many very old items in my collection…. But again that’s only opinion… I don’t sell very often as I Iove my treasure (I’m like a gloating dragon) and I get so much pleasure from it I struggle to part with it… I live in an old cottage which is very small however… And as I spend a lot of my time trawling Antique shops, fairs, Car Boot sales, French Brocante and Vide Greniers for treasure, I’m forced to occasionally part with some… People sometimes ask why I don’t become a professional dealer. I’ve plenty time to indulge my passion and like I said I hate parting with my treasure…. Over the coming weeks I will be listing a selection of my treasures- if you share my passion I suggest you might like to check out my other items… The item “18C Qianlong Soft Carved Nephrite Mutton Fat White Jade Butterfly Pendant” is in sale since Saturday, March 9, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Chinese\Jade/Hardstone”. The seller is “middleearthtreasures” and is located in Bishop Auckland. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Chinese Dynasty: Qing (1644-1911)
- Primary Material: Jade/ Hardstone
- Age: Pre-1800
- Product: Necklace/Pendant
- Original/Repro: Antique Original
- Region of Origin: Chinese
- Features: Handcarved
This one of a kind stunning double handled lidded vase was made circa 1750 in China and is carved from natural untreated white nephrite jade. The low relief carving is exceptional and consists of exquisite symmetrical borders separating floriate bands. It is a tall vase measuring 9 1/4″ tall including the lid by 4 3/16″ wide by 2 9/16″ deep with the lid itself being 2 3/8″ tall (235mm x 106mm x 65mm, 61mm) White nephrite jade is the most valuable color for this gem material and was reserved for imperial use. Prior to jadeite becoming widely available in China which occured circa 1850 (only rare examples were known before this in China) the most highly prized jade was translucent white nephrite. This color and quality of nephrite was reserved for imperial use. This jade is of very fine quality being translucent throughout and having good consistency of color across the vase. It weighs approximately 756 grams. Dating to the Qianlong period 1739 to 1795 this special antique jade vase is around 270 years old. It is in good condition and presents well. To one side there are some age related cracks. These are shown in the photographs. The age related features stated are commensurate with the authenticity of the piece and not uncommon in these pieces from the 18th century and earlier. This beautiful vase is very special indeed and would make a beautiful addition to any collection of the finest Chinese antiques. The photos form part of the description. The item “18TH C CHINESE VASE WHITE NEPHRITE JADE Carved Qianlong Qing Antique Lidded” is in sale since Wednesday, October 24, 2018. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\Vases”. The seller is “jewelry_secrets” and is located in Sydney. This item can be shipped worldwide.