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Carved Jade Plaque, circa 1800s

$7,000

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This rare and magnificent jade plaque dates from approximately 1850-1880 and is profoundly beautiful and elegant. The hand-carving is symmetrical and creates a silhouette that is reminiscent of Huizhou architecture. Examine images of the Xidi Hu Wenguang Archway and you will see the relationship. One one side, Chinese characters have been etched in the center of the plaque below a top border of scrollwork. On the reverse side we find the same lovely scrollwork and an etching of flowers. What presents in photographs as a possible crack is, in fact, a mineral-rich natural fissure in the stone. Miraculously, nobody has attempted to re-polish this treasure and as a result it retains its original polish, which was achieved over a period of many weeks or months using a foot-powered treddle and abrasive garnet dust along with bamboo and leather. I am a second-generation jade collector and in my lifetime I have seen the market flooded with faux-antique jade carvings and plaques. It is staggering to me that anyone could be fooled by a contemporary carving which has been made to appear aged. A truly old jade carving is instantly obvious to the soul as well as the eyes. I have attached an easily-removable low-karat gold ring and chain so that the pendant can be immediately enjoyed until the new owner is able to have a jeweler replace the ring with a proper bail. Whether you choose to wear this jade plaque or display it, it's an incredible piece of art. The jade is natural Burmese jadeite with no treatments. The stone measures 62mm x 40.39mm x 4.52mm.

Details

  • Stone
  • Stone Cut
  • Weight
    38.95 g
  • Dimensions
    Width: 1.6 in. (40.39 mm)Depth: 0.18 in. (4.52 mm)Length: 2.45 in. (62 mm)
  • Style
  • Place of Origin
    China
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1850-1880
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Southbury, CT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1589111029832

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    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 6-7 days, excluding production time.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Southbury, CT
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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