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Sep012005

Small Jades from the Qing Dynasty



During the last of the Chinese Imperial Dynasties, the Qing, Jades reached under the impulse of the Emperor Qian Long, an unsurpassed artistic level. Next to beautiful pieces for the Imperial Court and Mongol Nobles, quite well known and now reaching astronomical prices, also the Chinese Commoners fancied Jades pendants, seals, snuff bottles and small decorations.



In a recent booklet “Jades of the Qing” (Zhejiang University Press) published in April this year (ISBN 7-308-04136-0/K131) several of these smaller pieces are described together with their past and actual prices when purchased in China (100US$ = 802RMB) so to give an idea about their appreciation over time and thus their desirability. The Jade is generally White or Mutton Fat Jade from Khotan with russet River skin and brownish stains typical of Qing Jades worn by people.

I found this booklet here in Hangzhou and want to share with you information on some of the pieces illustrated therein.



Small Bird (Hen?)
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 4.0cm - 3.3cm - 2.2cm
1995 price: 2500-2800RMB 2005 price: 4500-5600RMB

Pendant with cloud pattern
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 6.0cm - 4.2cm - 0.5cm
1995 price: 2600-3500RMB 2005 price: 8000-12000RMB


Carp
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 6.5cm - 2.8cm - 0.8cm
1995 price: 1000-1200RMB 2005 price: 3800-4600RMB


Fish with plant
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 5.8cm – 4.0cm – 1.6cm
1995 price: 1200-1500RMB 2005 price: 5000-6000RMB


Rat
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 3.7cm – 2.2cm – 1.3cm
1995 price: 1000-1300RMB 2005 price: 3000-3600RMB


Boy riding on a water buffalo
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 5.5cm – 4.0cm – 1.5cm
1995 price: 3000-3600RMB 2005 price: 15000-20000RMB


Two Rats (?) eating Flower buds
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 4.8cm – 3.8cm – 3.0cm
1995 price: 1500-2000RMB 2005 price: 6000-9000RMB


Boy climbing on a Gourd
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 5.0cm – 3.2cm – 2.0cm
1995 price: 2000-2500RMB 2005 price: 8000-9000RMB


Cicada
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 4.6cm – 2.2cm – 1.0cm
1995 price: 1500-2000RMB 2005 price: 23000-28000RMB


Flower
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 5.0cm – 2.8cm – 2.6cm
1995 price: 3500-3600RMB 2005 price: 10000-15000RMB


Fruit (Plums?)
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 4.5cm – 2.6cm – 0.7cm
1995 price: 2000-2800RMB 2005 price: 4500-6000RMB


Fruit
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 5.8cm – 3.0cm – 1.0cm
1995 price: 3500-3800RMB 2005 price: 10000-15000RMB


Fruit (?)
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 5.0cm – 3.0cm – 1.3cm
1995 price: 4000-4500RMB 2005 price: 12000-18000RMB


Lotus Seed
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 3.8cm – 3.6cm – 1.5cm
1995 price: 2500-2600RMB 2005 price: 4000-4800RMB


Seed Pod
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 6.8cm – 3.4cm – 2.6cm
1995 price: 2000-2800RMB 2005 price: 7000-9000RMB


Boy with Cat
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 5.0cm – 3.5cm – 1.6cm
1995 price: 1500-2000RMB 2005 price: 5000-8000RMB


Girl carrying a Load
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 5.5cm – 4.0cm – 1.5cm
1995 price: 900-1000RMB 2005 price: 3300-3800RMB


Pendant with open lattice work
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 6.0cm – 4.4cm – 0.5cm
1995 price: 3000-3500RMB 2005 price: 10000-12000RMB


Pendant with Gourd and Characters
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 6.8cm – 4.0cm – 0.5cm
1995 price: 1500-2000RMB 2005 price: 6000-9000RMB


Pendant in the shape of a Flower
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 5.2cm – 0.6cm
1995 price: 2800-3300RMB 2005 price: 8000-9500RMB


Bird and Fruit in open lattice work
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 7.0cm – 4.0cm – 0.4cm
1995 price: 1000-1300RMB 2005 price: 5000-5500RMB


Vine with Gourd
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 5.1cm – 4.4cm – 0.4cm
1995 price: 800-900RMB 2005 price: 3000-35000RMB


Russet colored River Pebble with Bat
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 6.1cm – 4.0cm – 0.8cm
1995 price: 2500-2800RMB 2005 price: 8000-9500RMB


Comb
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 7.0cm – 4.0cm – 0.45cm
1995 price: 300-350RMB 2005 price: 800-1200RMB


Ornament (?)
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 7.5cm – 2.0cm – 0.3cm
1995 price: 400-500RMB 2005 price: 800-1200RMB


Thumb Ring
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 3.0cm – 2.7cm
1995 price: 700-800RMB 2005 price: 2500-3500RMB


Archers Ring
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 2.3cm – 2.2cm
1995 price: 300-350RMB 2005 price: 1200-1800RMB


Archers Ring
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 3.0cm – 2.5cm
1995 price: 200-250RMB 2005 price: 600-900RMB


Seal (Chop)
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 4.0cm – 2.2cm – 2.2cm
1995 price: 1000-1200RMB 2005 price: 4500-6500RMB


Seal (Chop)
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 3.6cm – 2.5cm – 5.2cm
1995 price: 1200-1500RMB 2005 price: 4500-6000RMB


Snuff Bottle
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 2.2cm – 1.8cm – 6.0cm
1995 price: 8000-900RMB 2005 price: 30000-40000RMB


Carved Mountain with Crane
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 12.0cm – 6.0cm – 3.5cm
1995 price: 8000-10000RMB 2005 price: 50000-80000RMB


River Pebble with russet skin
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 3.80cm – 2.6cm – 1.2cm
1995 price: 1200-1800RMB 2005 price: 8000-12000RMB


River Pebble with russet skin
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 3.80cm – 2.6cm – 1.2cm
1995 price: 300-350RMB 2005 price: 2000-2500RMB


Bird and Plant (?)
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 4.2cm – 3.0cm – 1.5cm
1995 price: 2500-3000RMB 2005 price: 8000-10000RMB


Two Monkeys
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 3.8cm – 3.2cm – 1.8cm
1995 price: 1200-1600RMB 2005 price: 3800-4600RMB


Three Cats
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 4.3cm – 3.6cm – 2.7cm
1995 price: 4000-5000RMB 2005 price: 15000-20000RMB


Pendant
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 4.0cm – 2.4cm – 2.0cm
1995 price: 2000-2500RMB 2005 price: 4500-6000RMB


Dragon Pendant
Size (LxWxH or Thickness): 6.0cm – 4.3cm – 0.6cm
1995 price: 1500-1800RMB 2005 price: 4000-6000RMB


H.Giess
August 2005

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Reader Comments (2)

I am looking for small carved jade carp pendants. I have found two in the last thirty years that are hand carved by (I think) the same carver. Please send me pictures if any can be found.
Thank You,
Dan Miller
October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan Miller
The bifurcated pod marked as "Fruit" above is a freshwater caltrop... A water pod that has auspicious meaning in chinese and mughal jade carving
April 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteradam

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