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Jade plaque/knife by E. I. Farmer
My latest purchase at auction today in Australia.
A rare chinese jade embellished silver paper knife/letter opener by the famous New York silversmiths Edward.I.Farmer.
The plaque being a very pale celedon white with rare pierced Manjushri surrounded by bat's. Plaque 5.5cm. Total length 22cm.
The jade sold as Ming with 19th fittings. However based on the images I think it's probably Qing period jade with 1920's fittings.
That is very nice! What would the plaque originally have been?
Possibly a septre I think.
Now I have something to open up my mail. ✉️😁
Hi Mark -
Very nice, and rather practical to!! ...
My congratulations on acquiring ...
Yes, congratulations, it looks very fine, a remembrance of a more gracious era. Plus, Edward I. Farmer New York, something for me to read about this a.m.
Received this... It's much better than I expected. It's duly carved with openwork not originally seen from photograph. I believe it's from the Ming period.
It is certainly a lovely piece. I would be thrilled to own that, too.
Wow, that's beautiful Mark!
@imperialfinegems Wow, sure can see the quality of the jade. Hard to put in words, it just looks pristine and so "pure"! Neeto!
@imperialfinegems What about it makes you think that it is Ming? I am trying to learn more about dating jade pieces so any book recommendations would also be welcome. Thanks
Its important to compare the tooling marks, colour of jade and the styling with known examples from the different periods.
Learning to distinguish between jades and serpentine/bowenite is essential as most modern interpretations are not jade.
Handling is also essential. So that you get the feeling. Obviously you can't do that with museum pieces. But you can with leading auction houses like Christies, Sotheby's and Bonhams.
Any materials by Sam Bernstein (San Francisco art dealer). He also has a supberb website. Well worth visiting. His site is full of great stuff. He is in my opinion the #1 authority on jades. He has a phenomenal eye for jades. Along with a unreal referral materials etc. A really nice guy to talk with also.
This book by Jessica Rawson is excellent. It's used by museums and leading auction sites.
Jade by Roger Keverne is also a excellent reference material with very good pictures. Available via ebay for about $50+.
The Rawson one is collectable and hence a bit pricey. Also available for about $150+.
The Bernstein books are modestly priced from about $30+.
Jades are very subjective. So one collector may differ from what another one thinks or believes.
The item I bought was from a leading Australian auction house Leonard Joel. They have a excellent team of experts on board.
Whilst similar plaques were made during the Ming and Qing periods. There were distinct differences in the carving styles.
Edward.I.Farmer was a well-known silversmiths who operated in New York from about 1908-1948. He was known for turning old chinese jades into usable every day items.
If you Google him you will see many different examples. His fondness was for Ming jades apparently.
Was just viewing ebay and saw that a seller in Illinois has three new copies of the Rawson book for $60. Very cheap! Definitely worth buying and they won't last.
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