This fine pair of early art deco period pendant earrings is notable for the size, quality and heaviness of the carved pendant jadeite, and the fineness of the details of the goldwork.
The jadeite is apple green jadeite with touches of brown, and pleasing translucency. It is beautifully carved and pierced with fruit and vine motifs, and rounded and dimensional with auspicious motifs connoting martial happiness and fecundity.
The jadeite is suspended from high-carat, unmarked yellow gold frames decorated with prunus and orchid blossom motifs. The frames are beautifully finished and in a pierced earring format with posts and screw backs.
The earrings are beautifully balanced and striking in their visual effect. Reminiscent of 1920s Shanghai, they evidence a wonderful mixture of eastern materials and iconography and western fashion influence.
It is clear the jadeite pendants were cut from the same stone - indeed, the surfaces of each jadeite pendant can be said to be 'mating' surfaces. This has ensured an excellent quality and colour match. The earrings are unusual because they are so large, so the jadeite must have been cut from a good-sized boulder.
The condition is excellent. There are no chips or cracks. The earrings look seldom worn. Not for small ear lobes as they have good weight.
References: National Palace Museum, Royal Style: Qing Dynasty and Western Court Jewellery, 2102.