ARCHAIC AND ARCHAISTIC JADES FROM THE MICHAEL GULBENKIAN COLLECTION
TWO CELADON JADE 'BIRD' PLAQUES
SHANG DYNASTY - WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
each of flat elongated triangular section with angular head and a pointed beak, carved with large eyes and parallel lines delineating wings, the stone of yellowish-green tone with areas of calcification
Length 9.3 and 9.2 cm, 3⅝ and 3⅝ in.
The carvings are in good condition with the exception of a possible tiny chip to the tip of the tail of one. It should be noted that the colour of the jade is of a slightly more olive tone than the catalogue illustration suggests.
"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."
For a very similar bird pendant dated to the Western Zhou Dynasty, see J. Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, 1995, p.227; and for another, see A. Salmony, Archaic Jades from the Edward and Louise B. Sonnenschein Collection, 1952, pl. XLV11, no. 7.