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Subject:Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Victor Sat, Nov 14, 2020 IP: 2a02:8109:9f40:1d73:

Hi everybody.

What do you think, is this item something to collect?
Size is 20,5cm x 5,5cm x 3cm, weight is 321gr. It can't be scratched by a knive - stone rounds off the point of the knive.

Regards, Victor.







Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Ernest Wilhelm Sun, Nov 15, 2020

While it looks good. . it bothers me because the test should be made with a strong needle or something like a swiss pocket knife. There is always a visible scratch, black or white. Or if you want to know for sure, get a specific gravity test.
Good luck
Ernest

Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Victor Mon, Nov 16, 2020

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Posted By: Victor Mon, Nov 16, 2020

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Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Victor Mon, Nov 16, 2020

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Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Mark Adams Sun, Nov 15, 2020

Could you please provide clearer pictures of the second image where the stem/other appears to be flat on the inside.
Also a close up picture of image 3 where the carving is dirty/other.
Regards,
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Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Victor Mon, Nov 16, 2020

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Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Victor Mon, Nov 16, 2020

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Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Ernest Wilhelm Sun, Nov 15, 2020

Second thought, a dark background and a steady hand produces photos which are easier to "read"
Ernest

Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Victor Mon, Nov 16, 2020

Gentlemen, thank you for answering. I tryed to make better pictures and used a black backround. Just have the camera from my mobile, but gave my best.
I used a good knive to scratch the stone. A white line is visible, but it seems to be from the knive. I can remove it with my finger and there is no scratch remaining.
Yes, the carving has some dirt on it. But it's just the surface and could be removed.







Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Victor Mon, Nov 16, 2020

I found a solution for better pictures. Please take a look:







Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Victor Mon, Nov 16, 2020

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Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Ernest Wilhelm Mon, Nov 16, 2020

we are getting closr. I now need pictures of grooves. Prefer dirty small groove, and any large groove, close up, sharp, you can change it to any color, I just want to see the walls (sides)
Ernest

Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Victor Wed, Nov 18, 2020

Gave my best, but can't do better pictures:







Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Mark Adams Mon, Nov 16, 2020

This carving is a depiction of a lingzhi fungus. It's a very well-known and popular item amongst collectors.
Yours is not a tourist item in my opinion. It's very nicely carved.
I don't think it's old (pre republic period). If you Google you will see many different types of carvings like yours etc.
I personally think it's highly probable to be jade. However it would need to be handled and a specific gravity test performed.
[email protected]

Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Victor Tue, Nov 17, 2020

Ernest and Mark, thank you both for answering. I'll try to make pictures of grooves tomorrow.
Twilight is just beginning and daylight should be better for good photos.
Good hint with the fungus - I thought it showed a branch with fruits, the sun and clouds.
Once again - thank you gentlemen and kind regards.

Victor


Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Victor Wed, Nov 18, 2020

Thank you both for your help!







Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: pip Fri, Nov 20, 2020

Mark is right.
It's a genuine old "white jade" carving from republic era... not a fake, but it is what collectors refer as white jade that is not nephrite real jade but some less valuable local substitute white mineral.

There is still people willing to collect those among the 100 families (the commoners). market price would range from 15$ to 70$ depending of size, carving and mineral color and quality... your would be in the 30-50$ range.

regards,

Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Victor Fri, Nov 20, 2020

Hi Pip.

Thank you for your answer, but where can I buy such a carving
for 30-50$?

Have a nice weekend and regards.

Victor

Subject:Re: Jade (?) - Collector's item or souvenir?
Posted By: Larry Sat, Nov 28, 2020

Yes indeed, I want one of this quality for that price too!


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