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    Sale 2388

    Important Chinese Jades from the Personal Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman Part II

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1517

    A FINE AND EXCEPTIONALLY RARE WHITE JADE POURING VESSEL, YI

    Price Realised  

    A FINE AND EXCEPTIONALLY RARE WHITE JADE POURING VESSEL, YI
    QING DYNASTY, FIRST HALF OF THE 18TH CENTURY

    Of shallow form supported on three short splayed feet, one side of the circular receptacle forming a ruyi-shaped flanged handle, finely carved with ruyi-heads enclosing a circular medallion, the opposing side with a tapered angular spout, the interior subtly carved with curled leaves gracing the well, each terminating in stylised scrolls, the stone of an attractive even white tone
    7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) wide, stand


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    This unique and elegant vessel is reminiscent of stoneware and ceramic water-pouring vessels of the earlier Song and Yuan periods. Compare the shape with a Yuan dynasty blue and white ceramic example in the Anhui Provincial Museum collection, illustrated in Underglaze Blue and Red, (ed.) Wang Qingzheng, Shanghai Museum, 1987, no. 17. It has been mentioned that the ceramic form was a prototype of earlier washers that were made of bronze, silver or lacquer, ibid., p. 235.

    Provenance

    N.B. Pilcher, London
    Marchant and Son, London, circa 1990


    Exhibited

    Christie's New York, 13-26 March 2001
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, August 2003-December 2004