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Subject:tiny jade vase (H 2.36 inch),light yellow and russet spots, how old is it?
Posted By: Stefanie Riedel Sun, Jan 19, 2020 IP: 2003:cf:ff0a:9600:58

I have bought this tiny jade vase because I love very small vases. It looks like a pale yellow, more white and has russet spots.
Height is 2.36 and width 1.58 inch and comes from France.


Is it chinese that I think must be, and how old could this be?
I have some sorrows that because of the tinyness it could easily disappear, so that is why want know some more details about it that I can write down and put together with the vase.


Thank you very much for helping
in advance!
Stefanie





Subject:Re: tiny jade vase (H 2.36 inch),light yellow and russet spots, how old is it?
Posted By: Mark Adams Mon, Jan 20, 2020

Hi Stephanie,
Your little vase is Chinese. That's the good news.
The bad news is I do not believe this item is jade based on my experience and your pictures. It appears to be part of the Soapstone family. The mouth has chips indicating a softer material. The russet inclusions look to my eye to be man made. Finally I do not believe your vase has much age based on the carving.
Decorative value only.
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Subject:Re: tiny jade vase (H 2.36 inch),light yellow and russet spots, how old is it?
Posted By: Stefanie Riedel Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Ok, thank you very much for your answer!
I will find out when it arrives to me what material it is. But on the downside there are no cracks.
It looks very thin on the upper rim. Maybe this is the reason?
But also I think for such hard material as jade is, how could anyone become this part so thin and not to damage it.

Now I found out that these must be black spots, not russets. And that Chinese have turned jade wares into their tombs and when blood drips out of their body in course of decomposition the objects in the near were lying in it and while blood contains iron,
so could spring black spots (very short version)


But I don't know if this is counting for this little vase : D
Have not seen yet soapstone with these small black spots.
But maybe someone could have applied iron oxide pigments into the material.


I will send further pictures when it arrives and with another object to see better the size of it.


many greetings


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