Chinese Mogul Jade Dish & Box, ca. 1900

Value (2012) | $8,000 Auction$10,000 Auction

It's part of a collection that my stepfather had, and he collected, I guess, probably from the early 1900s on 'til he died in '67. And this is a bowl that I don't know much about. My brother has the identical copy.

I'll remove it from its box. And let's start to talk firstly about the box.


Chinese works of art, dealers and auctioneers love to see well-made, late 19th, early 20th century silk brocade collector's boxes or fitted boxes. These are ivory latches or clasps. This box was made for the piece, it's purpose built. There's decades of wear to this edge where the silk has worn away and frayed. Now, looking at the piece, this is a Mogul style celadon jade twin-handled dish. Now, the Mogul carvings originated in Hindustan in about 1550. They were then incorporated or sought after by Emperor Qianlong, the Chinese 18th-century emperor. He saw the wonderful detail, the wonderful naturalistic forms of a chrysanthemum with highly detailed petal edge, fabulous free-moving ring, fully reticulated from the handle, the shallowness, the natural form, the artistic sensitivity of the jade carvers from what we know as India. They were then reproduced in China during the 18th century. The very high-point 18th-century pieces sell for into the six figures. However, this one, looking at the quality, looking at the workmanship and the standard of jade used, it's likely that this is a late 19th-, early 20th-century piece.


To carve these and not crack, not break, not chip the dish is a true feat of excellence. The translucency of the jade is a true indication of the quality of the craftsman. There's a small little natural inclusion. That's a naturally forming imperfection in the stone. It may look like a crack; it's not. And that's totally understandable and to be expected in a five-and-a-half inch piece of jade. As a late 19th-, early 20th-century piece, as a single dish at auction, it would carry an auction estimate of $8,000 to $10,000. Now, you mentioned your brother has its mate.

My brother has the identical twin, yeah.

There we are. You may make a phone call after this, I suspect. As a pair, our rule of thumb is double and a half. So an auction estimate is likely to be around $20,000 to $30,000.

Wow. Incredible. That's interesting.

Appraisal Details

PKR Antiques & Fine Art
New York, NY
Appraised value (2012)
$8,000 Auction$10,000 Auction
Myrtle Beach, SC (June 23, 2012)
Box, Dish
Ivory, Jade, Silk

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