An exceptional matched pair of museum quality antique mutton fat white Hetian nephrite bangle bracelets from the Kangxi period Qing Dynasty(18th century 1700s . They are simply exquisite, very rare, and of historical significance. The bangles are rendered from a single river pebble of white Khotan hetian nephrite jade with a russet patina. The exterior is incised with a pattern of interlocking C-shaped scrolls dating back to the Warring States period (475 - 221 BC) and is an abstracted dragon pattern. The subject matter, material and workmanship suggest a Kangxi period date. The bangles are 33 mm wide with an inside diameter of 58 mm (approximately 1.5 inches wide; 2.25 inches inside diameter).
These bangles are a good example of the archaistic tradition or fanggu, the antiquarian spirit that inspired the scholars and court during the Song and Ming Dynasties and encouraged the Imperial workshops to follow the styles and specifications recorded in ancient documents. The artists created works of art that offered their own interpretation of ancient forms and motifs with a nod to the 18th century taste.Kangxi came to the imperial throne at the age of 8 on February 17, 1661, twelve days after his father's death. He ruled during the years from 1661 to 1722 -- the longest reign on the throne in China's history, 61 years. During Kangxi's reign, the society accumulated huge wealth and most of the time enjoyed peace and prosperity, allowing for the development and acquisition of exquisite works of art. PRICED BY THE PAIR.
I have been collecting and selling jade for many years. These bangles are part of my collection which were verbally authenticated by the San Francisco Asian Art Museum of San Francisco in 1974 and by Samuel Bernstein, noted jade expert in 2014. They will make a fine addition to the collection of a jade connoisseur.
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