The Divinity of Dragons
at Throckmorton Fine Art
March 2nd – April 22nd, 2017
Three catalog essays…..
JADE DRAGONS AND DRAGONS ORIGINS
Catalog essay by Elizabeth Childs-Johnson
THE EVOLUTION OF DRAGONS DECORATIVE PATTERNS
From Eastern Zhou to the Han Period
Catalog essay by Fang Gu
DRAGON LORE IN EARLY CHINA
Catalog essay by John S. Major
NEW YORK Feb 9, 2017 – Throckmorton Fine Art (www.throckmorton-nyc.com) has assembled for exhibit one of the finest collections of jade dragons representing the art of early China. Emerging out of the northern boundaries of today’s China, the dragon eventually predominated as the mark par excellence of heavenly favor. Wearing or suspending a jade pendant in the shape of a dragon was believed to inoculate the owner with some of the dragon’s positive energy. All the objects in the exhibit are created out of nephrite stone, tremolitic-actinolitic jade. Most are designed to be suspended as décor, at either a male’s waist or female’s chest. Plump and unctuously curling C-shaped chunks of nephrite from the Hongshan culture stand out as one of the most exquisite examples, and, in addition, as the earliest representation of the dragon in China.
The exhibition will be on view at Throckmorton Fine Art, 145 East 57 Street in New York, from March 2 to April 22, 2017.
Highlights in the Throckmorton exhibition include a Jade Dragon and Phoenix Pendant dating to 474-221 BCE and another, of the same period, in the form of an open work plaque of a Dragon. A Han dynasty example of Jade ca. 206 BCE – 220 CE also takes the form of a plaque pendant. Still another featured work is a Jade Dragon Disc Pendant with Lattice work, from the Warring States Period, 475-221 BCE. And from the late Shang period Throckmorton is offering a Jade Dragon Blade, ca. 1800-1100 BCE almost 15 inches long.
Spencer Throckmorton says “This exhibition of Chinese Dragons will be interesting to many scholars and collectors as it casts a spotlight on the early development of this art form.”
If you attend:
THROCKMORTON FINE ART
145 East 57th Street, third floor, New York, NY 10022
Tel: 212 223 1059. Fax: 212 223 1937
Tuesday – Saturday 11-5