When you think Chinese sculpture, typically, you think of jade. Prized for its hardness, durability, musical qualities and beauty, jade has been the go-to stone in virtually all periods of Chinese history. By the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - 220 A.D.) the royal family and other big wigs were so enamored of the stone they were burying each other in jade suits sewn in gold thread, with the idea that it would preserve the body and the souls attached to it.
On Friday, August 28, Converse Fine Arts & Antiques Auctions offers bidders a gilt-edged opportunity to invest in jade when they hold their Important Asian Online Auction. Sprinkled among the 290 lots on offer is a great selection of jade pieces, available at a variety of price points.
Lot 53 is a real eye catcher! An exquisitely carved 19th Century white jade fishing boat.
The sweet smell of success! Lot 133 is a jade incense burner set consisting of three outstanding pieces mounted on a two layered jade mounted carved hardwood stand.
Lot 54, a pair of white jade bowls with stands, captures the timeless allure of China’s favorite stone.
Tea is as much a staple a life in China as jade. Lot 212, a rare painted ceramic and jade Yixing teapot with inscribed calligraphy, combines the two to perfection.
Lot 55, an 18th or 19th Century white jade carving is a fine example of the detailing Chinese craftsmen have worked with jade.
Converse Fine Arts & Antiques Auctions’ Important Asian Online Auction features 290 lots of Asian lineage, curated by experts, including antique furniture, scrolls, paintings, porcelain, sculpture and carvings, snuff bottles, textiles, bronzes, jewelry and more. Head to Bidsquare’s Auctions page now to view the full catalog.