Elite Decorative Arts Holiday Sale - December 10, 2011
Lot 94 - RARE WARRING STATES CARVED WHITE JADE FOOTED CUP
An Important, very rare White Jade goblet, this beautiful piece dates back to the Warring States period (400b.c. – 220b.c.) Jade utensils during this period were only reserved for the ruler or ruling household. With extremely high reliefs of mythical animals, clouds and petal shaped designs; an overlay of heavy gold leaf once covered the copper alloy foil. Surviving traces of gold among the surface of the vessel and Cupric Oxide degradation are evidence of extensive burial. Includes Analytical report concluding that the artifact is original. See similar example from Christie’s sale on 09/19/06, Lot 175 for $856,000. Measures 6 3/4" height x 2 1/2" diameter (17.1cm x 6.3cm). Total weight of 368 grams. Provenance: 1993 Richfield Antiques, NY, NY. 1997 Cornell Fine art Museum, “Treasures of the Chinese Nobility. Pre-Sale estimate $400000-$600000.