Price Reduced: Very Rare 7-Inch Chinese Hand-Carved Lidded Jade Vase
This amazing carved jade piece was in private hands for the last 35-40 years, purchased at an auction of Asian Art owned by a well-know gem dealer/gemologist. It was value at $1000-$1500 at the time of its mid-1980s acquisition. We were shown an article (a copy of which we do not have unfortunately) that was written about that same time discussing the art of master carvers who would carve such pieces from a single piece of jade! We do not have any historical data on the carver or if in fact this piece was carved from a single block of natural jade. The photo in that article included a vase eerily similar to this one in style and design, but that was substantially taller than this piece. We do not have a current appraisal but it seems quite logical that such a piece of art would increase dramatically in nearly four decades. As with all of the items in this sale--consigned to The History Bank, part of the John Kennel Collection and others purchased/owned as part of our inventory--are priced are at least below the estimated WHOLESALE value today. Shipping includes appropriate packing and insurance for the sale price. The total purchase price for this vase in an art/antiquarian auction would be close to $1600 with the buyer's fee if it were available as inexpensively as priced here. If it sold for say $1500 at auction that would suddenly be close to $2,000 with the 25-30% buyers' fees in major auctions. The stand shown comes with the piece and is hand-carved as well; you can see the roughness of the carving on the inside of the base.