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Thu, Jan 13, 2022 09:00AM EST
Lot 19

Chinese Spinach Green Jade or Hardstone 'Lotus' Bowl

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

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with petal form rim, exterior petal panels each containing one of the 'Eight Buddhist Emblems', central carved flower head to interior and base, 1-7/8 x 6 in.

Provenance: The Estate of Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane, Brookline, Massachusetts; bequeathed to the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1942; re-entered the family via purchase during the 1970s; by descent in family

Note: Fogg Museum accession number 1942.185.110 and description "DARK GREEN LOTUS FLOWER-SHAPED BOWL, decorated with the pa-chi-hsiang (eight auspicious symbols) on the exterior in eight petal-shaped panels, the base with a stylized lotus flower, repeated on the inside in a central florette, 19th century, Height 1-7/8" Diameter 6" $490.00"

Monetary figure was the amount used by the estate for charitable tax deduction purposes with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in 1942.

Massachusetts collectors Ernest B. Dane and his wife, Helen Pratt Dane, bequeathed a significant collection of Chinese jade and "Numbered Jun" ware to the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University in 1942.

Noted amongst this group is a jade wine vessel with dragon and phoenix, which can be viewed on the museum's website here:

For more on Harvard's collection of "Numbered Jun" ware, see

To view more jade items from the Dane estate at the Fogg Art Museum, search the acquisition date "1942.185." (jade items begin at number 80) at:

In addition to the highly important donation of Chinese art, Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane generously donated a fund for the future acquisition of Oriental art.


minor wear, natural inclusions, lacking stand