ARCHAIC AND ARCHAISTIC JADES FROM THE MICHAEL GULBENKIAN COLLECTION
A SMALL CELADON AND BROWN JADE 'DRAGON' FRAGMENT
SHANG DYNASTY - WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
the flattened stone modelled as a sinuous dragon in profile with its tail upturned, detailed on both sides with neatly arranged scrollwork, the stone of an even celadon colour highlighted with dark-brown inclusions
Length 7 cm, 2¾ in.
The carving is in good condition. The actual colour is less yellow than the catalogue illustration.
"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."