The term "jade" is used to refer to a number of minerals. In Chinese the word for jade, "yu, " refers to a range of minerals that include soapstone. In Chinese, soapstone is called "lao yu" or old jade. Gemologists, collectors and mineralogists, however, limit the term jade to nephrite or jadeite. Due to linguistic and cultural confusion, a soapstone carving may be legitimately called "jade" in one situation, while it might not qualify as jade in another.
As there is a significant value difference in the materials this can lead to hard feelings. This vase is priced as soapstone, no matter what it might have been called in China. This vase is sturdy on its feet, and is well weighted at a little over 3 pounds.It features 2 bud vases with a cavity depth of over 5 inches leaving plenty of room for stem and water. The vases are adorned with intricately carved chrysanthemums and daises. In the back it is signed with Chinese characters that I cannot read (they are clear, I just don't read Chinese) and in English it is marked China. Please check out my other auctions I have a lot more cool vintage items. A tracking # will be provided. Don't forget to look at My Other Items. It may be rude, but I do not sell to Nigerian Princes, Nigerian people who do not claim to be part of the royal family I will sell to. If all is well please leave feedback, so we are aware that you have received your goods. A couple days after you have received your order, if I have not been notified by you of any problem, or if I receive feedback, I will leave feedback. My items are marked as no return accepted, this is because I do not want to become a lending service, however if something is wrong with your order, I will do what I can to make it right. I pack well, It is as much in my interest that you get your stuff safely as it is in yours. His father was an art and antiques dealer and his collection was extensive, I have many items that I have not listed yet, feel free to contact me with special requests, who knows I may have one.
The item "Beautiful vintage hand carved soapstone Jade large double vase lao yu signed" is in sale since Tuesday, February 5, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Asian\1900-Now\Chinese\Vases & Jars". The seller is "coatofplates" and is located in Douglas, Nebraska. This item can be shipped to United States.