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A DIMINUTIVE CHINESE CARVED AND INCISED CELADON JADE

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Lot 0283 Details

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A DIMINUTIVE CHINESE CARVED AND INCISED CELADON JADE TRAY, QING DYNASTY (1644-1911), the translucent green celadon jade subtly mottled with whitish and darker toned inclusions, nicely sculpted as a rectangular tray with a flat rim and double arched corners centering incised fretwork banding, enclosing a conforming shallow well incised with flying cranes amidst scattered stylized clouds or bundles, flanking a circular good luck symbol above a raised circular ring, reversing to a circular convex carving, within a short conforming foot, length: 6 1/8", depth: 4 5/8". NOTE: This jade tray/stand was once part of the Chinese works of art collection amassed by Percy Straus Sr. and possibly one of the purchases from C.T. Loo in New York City. It is interesting to examine the raised ring in the center of this tray and note its finely carved recessed rim which leads one to believe that it was possibly a stand fitted to stabilize a candle or vessel. Moreover, it is surrounded by incised flying cranes that are all flying towards the circular incised good luck symbol. In Chinese iconography, a crane flying towards the sun expresses the desire for social advancement. Cranes flying above the dusty earth also symbolize cleanliness and purity. Therefore, one could ascertain that this tray was possibly a stand of sorts, originally fitted with a candle or vessel to bring good luck to an individual in hopes of a successful grade in exams or a sought after promotion.
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A DIMINUTIVE CHINESE CARVED AND INCISED CELADON JADE

Estimate $600 - $800May 17, 2015
Starting Price $300
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