A LARGE CHINESE GREY-GREEN JADE ARCHAISTIC FANG GUI
The deep rectangular section body carved with protruding studs around a wide central band, the two C-shaped dragon masks handles with large ears and hooked pendants. The flared rim carved in shallow relief with a narrow frieze with stylised mythical beasts facing the central masks, the tall foot with a band of galloping horses and stylised rocks, together with a hardwood stand inlaid with silver wire with lion dogs and a six character Chenghua mark, 23.5cm. (2)
Provenance: formerly in the Rutherston collection, exhibited at the Exhibition of Chinese Art in New Zealand 1938 and the Victoria and Albert Museum 1927-1934. Sold by Bluett & Son in 1948 and acquired by J P Love. Sold by Sydney L Moss Ltd 31st December 1965 for £350.
Cf. H Tsao, Jade des Empreurs à L'Art Déco, p130-131 for a closely related fang gui in the collection of Musée national du Château de Fontainebleau, no. F1508C.
Estimate: £30,000 - 50,000