Jade From The Collection
13 May 2017
Hamilton Gallery is currently showing some of its fabulous jade treasures. The majority of the pieces on display came from a remarkable personal collection left to the City of Hamilton in 1957 by the late Herbert Shaw who lived nearby on his property, ‘Kiama’. Herbert and his wife, May collected extensively during their lifetime when they travelled abroad during the 1930s and 40s.
Jade carving is an ancient art form. Most of the decorative figures, animals and boxes in this exhibition were intricately carved in China during the 19th century. Jade, has become synonymous with Chinese culture where it is considered the most valuable material known. Jade is treasured because of its hardness, toughness and rich colourings from greens to yellow, red, grey, white, lavender and black.