1890 – 1910s
Late Qing / Republic
White jade and .935 silver
Length: 5.8 cm, width: 4.9 cm
Weight: 27.7 g
From a Florida estate
A beautiful reticulated white jade carving of the character “shou” (longevity) together with a bat (fu / “good fortune”), with both framed by chilong dragons. The jade is an icy white to pale celadon color. It appears to be mutton fat khotan (hetian) jade.
The jade has been wrapped in silver (purity .935) and modified into a wearable brooch. The back of the piece is marked with various Chinese silver hallmarks.
An interesting note on the provenance: this brooch was brought to the United States in the 1910s by a couple that had been missionaries in China.
Condition: the jade is in perfect antique condition with only minor age-wear to surface. The silver is slightly tarnished due to age and has age wear to surface. The brooch pin is not perfectly straight.