January 13, 2022 09:00 AM EST Asheville, North Carolina


Chinese Carved Green Jade or Hardstone Covered Vase

squared flattened form with foo dog handles suspending articulated rings, carved with taotie mask and lotus blossom on either side, the cover with articulated ring, 5-1/2 x 2-1/8 in.; with carved hardwood stand

Note: Fogg Museum accession number 1942.185.336 and description "JADEITE COVERED VASE, of flattened form, carved from light green stone, with animal handles supporting loose rings, the cover with two loose rings, late 19th century, Height 5-5/8" Width 2-1/8" With wooden stand. $294.00"

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: https://harvardartmuseums.org/collections?q=

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.

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  


cover with loss to second articulated ring (small part is detached but present), light wear, natural inclusion, cover with hairline or inclusion

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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