Here we have a pair of rare polished yellow jade inscribed and signed seals dating to the 18th century.

Each seal is made from a cut high polished natural untreated jade pebble. They have calligraphy front and back and seal script script forming the incised seals on the cut flat bottoms. These seals have been used as is evident from the expensive cinnabar as a writing paraphernalia of the time still present at the base of each fine jade seal.

One is a deeper warmer yellow the other taller seal lighter yellow and more mottled in color.

The seals measure respectively:

2 15/16" tall by 1 9/16" wide by 13/16" deep approximately (75mm x 39mm x 20mm) darker less tall
3 1/8" tall by 1 9/16" wide by 11/16" deep approximately (79mm x 39mm x 17mm) lighter taller

The darker seal light surface patina from use some abrasion to one side of the seal assumed from wear against other jade writing instruments used daily over many many years.
The lighter taller seal a frit to the bottom not polished out appearing whiter to one side of the seal itself

These extraordinary seals present beautifully and are beautiful examples of the refined aesthetics of the Qianlong period and scholars writing instruments of the time. The calligraphy is beautiful, they are beautiful and luxurious to hold. The pair are ready for use or display as part of a fine collection of Chinese jade.

An appraisal is included with the purchase of these seals.

They can be sold separately if desired please inquire and we shall discuss with the consignor.

The photos form part of the description. Like all fine gems the color varies in daylight and incandescent light we do our best to accurately portray gem colors, textures and features of every antique we sell some minor and subtle variation may occur due to differences in color perception and portrayal of color on different monitors.


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Chinese Antique Jade Pair Chops Seals Qianlong Qing Dynasty 18th Century Jade Inscription Signed Stamps Writing Apparatus Instruments 1700s

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