An antique Chinese pendant with a dragon head and a carved panel of peach and foliage. This jade piece dates from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and was originally part of a belt hook. It has been elegantly mounted with an 18kt gold bail to show off the intricacy and form of the carving. The nephrite jade is translucent and is a very light grey with fine speckling. The pendant has been paired with a strand of natural antique turquoise beads. The turquoise beads were acquired from a Honolulu jewelry store which had sold them in the 1890s and the overstock was in storage by the heirs of the store for more than 100 years.
Patricia Miller (deceased)
Patty Miller was the owner of Antiques Pacifica, a very highly regarded antiques store in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. She was an expert in Chinese jade and snuff bottles in particular.
Age: Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
Size: 22" long
Media: Nephrite Jade / 18k Gold