This rare Jadeite hairpiece dates from the Qing Dynasty , Circa 1750 to 1800.
It is a solid well balanced piece of Jadeite that was cut and polished totally by hand. The crafting is evident in the look of the piece and you can see the hand labor techniques quite well. The Back shows a series of sectioned lines where the Jade was cut . It is nicely polished on the front side and the Curve and points of the Hair Clip are very well cut and balanced.
The side of the clip has a pronounced iron age mark and the front has unpolished matrix edging that was hand ground down , but not totally removed by the carver. It is part of what makes this piece special and unique.
This is a classic hair wrapping clasp and as such was a costly "cosmetic" item as this was used to hold a coiffed hairstyle in place.
This Lovely Jade was most likely a river rock that was cut and carved and more than any other piece that I have seen, this one
bears the hallmarks of a totally hand cut, crafted and polished piece of Jadeite.
The Color of the Jadeite is a Greenish Grey variant and the pick is quite long, measuring almost 4 inches in length.
It is over 1/2 inch wide at the flare and about 4 to 4.5 mm thick.
This is a wonderful piece for any Historical Jade or Asian Arts Collection. It comes from a Very Fine New England Gem and Mineral estate and the previous owner has had it for more than 50 years.
It was purchased as part of an Antique Jade Collection in the 1960's. It has been in the same Collection since that time.
Early Qing Dynasty Jadeite Hair Pick: 1750 - 1800 China