ARCHAIC AND ARCHAISTIC JADES FROM THE MICHAEL GULBENKIAN COLLECTION
A CELADON JADE DISC, BI
NEOLITHIC PERIOD - SHANG DYNASTY
of flattened circular form, with a circular central aperture with slightly bevelled edge, the softly polished mottled with russet areas to the edges
Diameter 12.2 cm, 4 4/5 in.
The bi has some repairs at the rim - visible in the catalogue illustration as russet in colour - including to a circa 1.5cm., natural fissure at the rim and associated 1.5cm., area of the rim, repair to a 5.5cm., wide section of the rim, and to a slight depression at the rim at 10 and 11 o'clock.
It should be noted that the colour of the jade is of a lighter tone than the catalogue illustration would suggest.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
M. Gulbenkian, Archaic Jades, Ancient and Modern, Arts of Asia, May-June 1983, p. 97.
M. Gulbenkian，《Archaic Jades, Ancient and Modern》, Arts of Asia，1983年5月至6月， 第97頁