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Just wondering if my carved bone string of beads could be one such piece. Admittedly, the necklaces in the first catalog listed below are precious stones, not bone...
01/13/2018 post entitled “Limited edition of the shop sign book; however...” in discussion of traditional bead shop signs, in or near Beijing, c. 1930s-40s:
“A note, the sign in the colored plate is labeled "glass bead" sign. I wonder if only glass beads were sold in the shop or the label refers to the glass beads used in the sign. Seems likely to be the former. I found a few auction catalogs from the 1920s-30s containing court necklaces (no pictures, though). This suggests that some necklaces composed of the more precious beads were collected in the early Republic?”
Today, after a quick check of the Internet Archive, these references were located:
Illustrated catalogue of the important collection of antique Chinese porcelains, Sung and Ming potteries, ancient stone sculptures, carved jades and other hard stones, snuff bottles, Mandarin necklaces,... American Art Association; Lee, Van Ching; et al. 1917.
Mandarin Necklaces, p. 24 (photograph on p. 25), 35-36, 46-47.
Catalogue of a very important collection of antique oriental art objects. Fifth Avenue Auction Rooms (New York, N.Y.). 1917.
Court ladies hair ornaments and head dresses.