This beautiful Late Qing Dynasty to Early Republic Era Transitional Jade Chop is carved from semi-translucent Mutton Fat Jade and has some outstanding attributes.
The Chop was carved to be used as a single character chop and is uncut for use, having been collected as a Cabinet piece.
The Chop measures 37 mm high by 18 mm x 12 at the base, with nice, crisp lines and an artistic depiction of the Foo Dog,
a beautiful curly mane at the back and a flourish of the tail at the side. The signature is on the side, and depicted in one of the Photographs but remains unknown. It is the work of a master Jade carver, and the skill is evident.
The Material is fine quality Jadeite, and as such has some beautiful translucency and carving. The variant of Mutton Fat Jade is highly collectable and this is a wonderful piece for addition to any Fine Jade Collection or Investment Portfolio .
Jadeite like this is quite hard to find and the carving is superb. The fluidity of the piece and the carving style along with the signature on the side suggests a Transitional Jade, carved at the end of the Qing and the beginning of the Early Republic Era in China.
A one of a kind piece, and the use of a Foo Dog or Lion Dog shows such traditional usage, not made for Export, but made for the use in China among the Educated upper class.
This piece comes from the Private Collection of a New England Gem Dealer and was part of his personal Collection, having been purchased in 1975. It has been in his private Estate until now.
Late Qing Dynasty Jadeite Foo Dog Chop with signature