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Vase of Spinach jade carving
What do you think the date of this vase?
Hi Yi Zhang,
Its a most impressive looking nephrite jade ram vase/other.
I did try and find a similar one but couldn't find one.
In my opinion it's based/carved in the style and manner of early Qing period bronze. So 17th-18th century.
Always difficult to date jades by way of a few pictures. In ny estimate its a early to mid 20th century example. So 1920's-1950's.
Is this yours or something you have seen?
@imperialfinegems thanks! it’s mine. But not sure how to tell. Besides pictures, what else to check?
By way of similar styled caving. Do they exist or is the carving a fanciful carving. A lot of carving from the late 20th century are pure fantasy. Most of these fantasy pieces are serpentine not jade. Your one is definitely genuine nephrite jade.
Checking the tooling. Is this electric drill or older tooling. You would need a loupe.
Some, but not all the warning signs of modern drilling are the following:
1. Perfect circles or curves.
3. Rigid appearance.
4. Chipping on either sides of the carved line.
5. Stuttering. Where the drill has stopped and started on the same line/other.
6. Lack of natural wear.
7. Copies tend to be over exaggerated in parts.
The stand is modern but done in the early 20th century style. But these are often seen with older carvings as replacement stands etc. Early 20th century were silver inlaid. In other words don't rely on the stands. I have seen many old carvings with newer stands as these were lost or damaged.
It's better than this one which is dated to the 19th century by an Italian auctioneer IMHO.
The one from @zhtail is definitely much nicer and better quality than the one from Cambi auction.
I dont agree with the auction house that there's was 19th century. Looks later.
Just my thoughts. Jades are very subjective. Some may believe 19th century. Others not.
I saw the other one's via ebay. They are modern and poorly carved.
Being sold as jade but I suspect that they are highly probable to be serpentine.
I like yours. Much higher detail and quality imo.
Thank you for your additional image.
Its getting better.
I revise my earlier thoughts to 19th/20th century. Or late Qing period.
I ted to agree with Mark. This has characteristics of a piece from the 20th century.
If This is Nephrite spinach jade, it must be top quality one. Most spinach nephrite jade from China ( Hetian or Manasi) have black inclusion and white molting. These characteristics are also used as a way to ID where the jade is from. Top quality spinach jade from Canadian and Russian can be much "clean", nearly there is no black inclusion. As we know Canadian jade came to China in later Qing, and Russian one came to China in modern time. So, if this was made from nephrite jade, highly likely made from Canadian or Russian jade. The earliest dating is later Qing, most likely later. So, I agree with Mark.
Anyhow, this is still a very nice jade object, should carry good value on market.
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