*China 1800 Qing Dynasty rare white jade bangle bracelet with carved Dragon on top
Dragon bracelet from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
A rare three-dimensional antique sculptural bangle, realized in the early 19th century, circa 1800, during the Imperial China period of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
This delicate bracelet was carved from a single piece of translucent natural white jade with the figure of a four-legged roaring dragon on top. The inside part of the bangle is carved, with organics motifs.
This piece exhibits very complicated realistic details and the work on the size is outstanding, the artist taken advantage of the various soft shades of white jade to highlight the characters such the tail.
Have a total weight of 75.6 Grams (378 Carats) and fit a wrist up to 6.25 Inches (16 Cm). The thickness is 9 mm and the dragon figure raise 27 mm over the bangle's body,
The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it in east Asian culture. during the days of imperial China, the emperor of China usually used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial strength and power. In Chinese culture, excellent and outstanding people are compared to a dragon, while incapable people with no achievements are compared to other, disesteemed creatures, such as a worm. A number of Chinese proverbs and idioms feature references to a dragon, such as "hoping one's child will become a dragon".
The Qing dynasty, officially the Great Qing, was the Manchu-led last dynasty in the imperial history of China. It was proclaimed in 1636 in Manchuria (modern-day Northeast China), in 1644 entered Beijing, extended its rule to cover all of China proper, and then extended the empire into Central Asia. The dynasty lasted until 1912. In orthodox Chinese historiography, the Qing dynasty was preceded by the Ming dynasty and succeeded by the Republic of China. The multiethnic Qing empire lasted for almost three centuries and assembled the territorial base for modern China. It was the largest Chinese dynasty and in 1790 the fourth largest empire in world history in terms of territorial size. With a population of 432 million in 1912, it was the world's most populous country at the time.
Qing Dynasty decorative arts, many craftsmen worked in the imperial court, producing artifacts for palace use: everything from items of jewelry art to beautiful Chinese lacquerware, including lacquered imperial thrones: see, for instance, the Qing Dynasty Imperial Throne (1775-80, Victoria and Albert Museum, London). The Imperial Household Department managed a number of crafts workshops both within the Forbidden City and outside it. Some of the skilled workers and master craftsmen were on permanent duty, like those in the imperial glass factory established in 1696 under the direction of the German Jesuit Kilian Stumpf (1655-1720). Other experts in gemstones carving, horn and jade sculpture and metallurgy were summoned to Beijing for a specific period of service.
Literature: Jade, Ch'ing Dynasty treasures, national museum of History, exhibition at Taiwan, several authors, 1998 Pp-108-109 and 193. for similar examples.
Provenance: A private collection in New York city collected in the 1964; T.K. Asian antiquities gallery, Williamsburg Virginia; A private collection in Palm Beach FL; then purchased by James & Nancy Markell, Virginia 1976; then by descent to Lauren Markland, Fort Lauderdale, FL.; acquired in Palm Beach, FL. in march 7, 2021.
Note: Have remains of the original ochre ink decorations in the incised parts
It is in great condition with no cracks or broken parts.
INVENTORY REF: B0000TNNP/.1119