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A white jade 'feline' water-dropper and a group of four assorted belthooks
Qing dynasty, 19th Century
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 14,400 USD
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A white jade 'feline' water-dropper and a group of four assorted belthooks
Qing dynasty, 19th Century
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 14,400 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Concordia House Collection: Fine Chinese Jades and Important Works of Art from a Midwestern Family

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A white jade 'feline' water-dropper and a group of four assorted belthooks
Qing dynasty, 19th Century
in the form of a mythical beast striding forward on low clawed feet with its head turned slightly to one side, accented overall with horns curled at the tips, stylized frond-like scales to the body and a long bifurcated tail, with a circular aperture hollowed out in the back, wood stand; together with a group of four belthooks, each of similar form, with dragon-head terminals and plain lobed shafts, carved from various materials including dark-green and black jadeite; lapis lazuli; pale jadeite, and translucent brown agate, wood stand (7)
Quantity: 7
Water-dropper 4 3/8 in., 11.3 cm
Largest belthook 3 1/2 in., 9 cm
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Provenance

Water-dropper:
Personal Collection of Warren E. Cox, New York (by label).

Catalogue Note

This form of water-dropper became a literati standard from the Song dynasty onwards.  Taken from an archaic original, of perhaps the Warring States or Han periods, it is a graceful combination of a functional artistic object with archaistic symbolism.  A similar jade water-dropper in the form of a beast is illustrated in Through the Prism of the Past: Antiquarian Trends in Chinese Art of the 16th to 18th Centuries, Taipei, 2003, p. 47.

The Concordia House Collection: Fine Chinese Jades and Important Works of Art from a Midwestern Family

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New York