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Dec142006

The half-a-million Yuan Renminbi babies - 2005 jade auction prices

During my recent visit to China I have picked up the 2006 Chinese Arts Auction Record Publication (140p ISBN 7-5356-2429-4/ 2006 – www.arts-press.com) summarizing the prices asked and achieved during 2005 auctions sales of jades mostly in Mainland China.

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I have arbitrarily selected those jades having achieved an auction price of more than 500.000RMB or about $40,000 and present you below the reproduced photographs together with their size and dating for your enjoyment. Most of the auctions took place in Mainland China except for the objects marked so. As of the writing of this contribution, the appreciating 100 Yuan RMB have now a value of $12.78.

The top price achieved was a whopping 17.935.000 RMB or $1,404,000 for an 18 tablet book with gold letters inscribed on white jade in New York followed by 9.624.000RMB or $753,000 for a 9 cm square imperial Qing Dynasty seal in white jade in an auction in Hong Kong. The third place was taken, with 8.800.000RMB, by the auction price of a natural shaped white jade boulder of 97 x 58 x 50cm from Khotan resembling a duck head.

To speed up the uploading of this contribution, all the images are only of thumbnail size. If you double click on any of them a new window will open showing you the image in a larger size.

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Spring and Autumn Period - Open lattice work plaque in surface altered whitish jade
28.3cm length – $43,000

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Qing dynasty – Brown and white jade carving (buckle?)
5.1cm height – $42,000 – Auction in Hong Kong

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Qing dynasty – Reading sage in a mountain cave in grey white jade with russet patches
20.8cm height – $65,000

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Undefined period – Buddha meditating in a mountain cave in grey white jade with russet skin
80cm height – $74,000

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Natural boulder - Khotan River jade resembling a duck head
97cm long – 58cm height – 50cm width – $689,000

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Qing dynasty – Archaic bi without hole and kuei combination in white jade
17.6cm height – $52,000

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Tang dynasty – Bearded foreigner on a reclined Bactrian camel
14.5cm long – $62,000

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Qing dynasty – Female guardian or shi lion with her cub in white jade
18.5cm long – $130,000

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Qing dynasty – Reclining horse with monkey in white jade
22.8cm long – $40,000

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Qing dynasty – Reclining goat in white jade
9.7cm long – $48,000

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Elephant in green jade with saddle in cloisonné ware
31.7cm height – $215,000 – Auction in Hong Kong

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Mountain with three sages and poem in white jade
13cm height – 20.5cm length – $61,000

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Qing dynasty – Guanyin and deer in white jade
16.5cm height - $42,000

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Buddha’s hand or finger citron in white jade
19.5cm length – $55,000 – Auction in New York

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Undefined period – Assembly of children riding on a sceptre and playing with coins and peaches in white jade with yellow and brown colour patches
27cm height – 35cm length – $42,000

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – RuYi sceptre in white jade
50.2cm length – $50,000

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – RuYi sceptre in white jade
44.5cm length – $130,000 – Auction in New York

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Disc with carved temple and waves and with poem in white jade
23.5. cm diameter – $52,000 – Auction in London

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Rectangular plate with sages in mountain scenery in leek green jade
24cm height – $47,000 – Auction in New York

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Twin table screen with mountain scenery in brilliant green jade
25.2cm height – $43,000

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Qing dynasty – Vessel with cover and support in white jade
21cm height – $56,000

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Ancient bronze vessel with carved mountain scenery in white jade
34cm height – $196,000 – Auction in New York

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Qing dynasty – Ancient bronze vessel with cover in white jade
21cm height – $56,000

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Vessel in the shape of a gourd in Khotan River jade
20cm height – $171,000

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Undefined period – Ancient bronze vessel in white jade
40cm height – $138,000

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Qing dynasty – Ancient bronze vessel with chain in white jade
58cm height – $69,000

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Qing dynasty – Ancient bronze vessel with handle and chain in whitish jade
31.7cm height – $41,000

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Ming dynasty – Rhyton (cup) with dragons in white jade with brown patches
19.6cm - $78,000

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Qing Dynasty – Ancient bronze vessel in white jade and green jade support
15.7cm height – $45,000

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Qing dynasty – Ancient bronze vase in yellow jade
20.5cm height – $308,000 – Auction in Hong Kong

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Qing dynasty – Rhino horn with dragon and pearl in white jade
19cm height – $43,000 – Auction in New York

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Qing dynasty – Cup with climbing dragons in white jade
11.2cm height – $42,000

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Small pot with cover in white jade
15cm diameter – $381,000 – Auction in Hong Kong

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Cup with engraved poem in white jade
10.8cm diameter – $75,000 – Auction in New York

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Cup with cover in white jade
10.8cm diameter – $42,000 – Auction in Hong Kong

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Qing dynasty – Mughal style oval box in the form of a reclining ram with ruby eyes in white Khotan River jade
7.3cm height – $168,000 – Auction in Hong Kong

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Qing dynasty – Leaf shaped box in green jade with inlaid leaf pattern in white jade
12.8cm length – $85,000 – Auction in Hong Kong

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Two matching large cups in white jade
15.5 cm diameter – $196,000 – Auction in New York

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Cup with cover and inscribed poem in white jade
9.5 cm diameter – $60,000 – Auction in Hong Kong

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Square carved box in green jade with cover inlaid with white jade
9.5 cm diameter – $120,000 – Auction in Hong Kong

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Double round box with cover and inscribed poem in white jade
3 and 4 cm diameter – $40,000 – Auction in New York

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Kidney shaped open work box (?) in yellow tinged white jade
8.9cm length – $59,000

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Hen (Phoenix?) in white jade
10.5cm length – $85,000

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Ancient bronze vessel and cover in white jade
18.5cm height – $302,000

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Qing dynasty – Ancient bronze vessel with cover in white jade
22.5cm height – $198,000

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Cup with cover in white Khotan River jade
9.6cm height – $121,000

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Qing dynasty – Incense burning vessel with cover in white jade
21cm height – $82,000 – Auction in New York

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Buddha seated in a cave in white jade with brown patches
22cm height – $50,000 – Auction in Hong Kong

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Qing dynasty /Qianlong period – Small pot with cover in white Khotan River jade
11cm height – $40,000 – Auction in New York

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Qing dynasty /Qianlong period – Ancient bronze vessel with cover in white jade
18cm height – $252,000 – Auction in New York

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Qing dynasty – Ancient bronze vessel with cover in white jade
18cm height – $120,000 – Auction in Hong Kong

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Qing dynasty /Qianlong period – Large flared cup in white jade
17.3cm diameter – $270,000 – Auction in New York

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Qing dynasty – Ancient bronze vessel with cover in white jade
22.5cm height – $60,000 – Auction in Hong Kong

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Qing dynasty /Qianlong period – Incense burner in white jade
8.7cm height – $69,000 – Auction in New York

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Undefined period – Square carved incense sticks burning box in white jade with cover in green jade
60cm height – $157,000

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Qing dynasty – Round carved incense stick burning box in white jade with green jade closures
24.8cm height – $73,000

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Undefined period – Carved brush pot in white jade
30cm width – $250,000

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Carved brush pot in green jade
15.7cm height – $82,000

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Qing dynasty /Qianlong period – Saucer pan in white Khotan River jade
23.4cm diameter – $65,000 - Auction in New York

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Qing dynasty /Qianlong period – Carved square brush pot (?) in white jade
13.3cm height – $60,000

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Qing dynasty /Qianlong period – Carved vessel/vase in the shape of a flower or leaf in white Khotan River jade
14cm height – $50,000

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Qing dynasty /Qianlong period – Bowl supported by six birds (phoenix?) in white jade
15cm height – $308,000 – Auction in Hong Kong

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Qing dynasty /Qianlong period – Flat bowl with handles and orchid carved in relief in the interior bottom in white-grey jade
26.6cm diameter – $105,000

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Qing dynasty – Carved lion with cub (?) in white jade with russet areas
15.3cm length – $95,000 – Auction in Hong Kong

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Yuan / Ming dynasty – Reclining dog in yellowish jade
8.2cm length – $215,000 – Auction in Hong Kong

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Ming / Qing Dynasty – Sleeping sage in white Khotan River jade with russet areas
7cm width – $85,000 - Auction in Hong Kong

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Seal in green jade
11.5cm width – $363,000 – Auction in Hong Kong

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Qing dynasty / Jiajing period – Seal in white jade
9.8cm width – $753,000 – Auction in Hong Kong

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Qing dynasty / Daoguang period – Two matching seals in white Kothan River jade
4.5cm height – $95,000 – Auction in New York

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Carved mountain with sages in white jade
19.6cm length – $70,000 – Auction in New York

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Eighteen tablet book with golden text in white jade
20.2cm height – 9.2cm width – 0.6cm thickness – $1,404,000 – Auction in New York

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Qing dynasty / Qianlong period – Six tablet book with golden text in green jade
Not specified size – $196,000 – Auction in New York

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