|Chinese jade pendant in the form of a dragon and phoenix, with fine detail to the wing and tail feathers, and hairwork on the eyebrows of the dragon, the stone pure white.
2 ⅛ inches, 5.4 cm long.
Qianlong, circa 1760.
- Published by Marchant in their 90th Anniversary Exhibition, Ninety Jades for 90 Years, no. 34, p. 68-69.
- From a Midwestern American collection, acquired in China in the 1920’s or 1930’s and thence by decent.
- A similar pendant is illustrated by Zhang Wei in Jades of the Qianlong, p. 30.
- A double phoenix pendant, with archaic dragon heads at the tails, bearing a Qianlong four-character mark, is illustrated by Christopher Knapton in the Spink exhibition of Chinese Jade, 1998, no. 50, p. 33; another double phoenix she-shaped pendant is illustrated by Zhao Gui Ling in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum, Jade, Vol. 9, Qing Dynasty, Gu Gong Inventory no. GU92066, no. 237, p. 231; an openwork double phoenix plaque, also with their heads between a stylised pearl, was included by Marchant in their 80th Anniversary Exhibition of Chinese Jades from Han to Qing, no. 31, p. 38.
- The dragon, long, and phoenix, feng, form the rebus presenting happy omens, longfeng cheng xiang. The dragon and phoenix are considered the most auspicious of the mythical animals and was a typical wedding motif in the Qing Palace. The two together represent good fortune and blessings for the emperor and empress.