Asian Art Auction

June 12, 2017

LOT 87

Lot 87

An Agate Carved Belthook, 19th Century

An Agate Carved Belthook, 19th Century
Lot 87 Details
An Agate Carved Belthook, 19th Century

Cleverly rendered to include the brownish highlights, the head in the form of a dragon, a smaller sinuous dragon along the shaft
length 5" — 12.7 cm.

Estimate $600-$800

Realised: $1,020
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


It is rare for a belthook to be carved out of a single piece of agate, due to its relative rarity in Qing dynasty and its hardness in comparison to nephrite jade. Agate has a Mohs scale of 6.5 to 7, which is higher than nephrite. The large size of this agate belthook entailed the use of a large of high quality agate by a skilled craftsman.


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LOT 87

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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