• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2010

    A FINE WHITE JADE MARRIAGE BOWL

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    A FINE WHITE JADE MARRIAGE BOWL
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Of high rounded sides supported on four splayed ruyi-form feet, flanked on either side by an elaborately carved in winged-dragon forming the handles, each outward facing dragon is depicted with its horns embracing the broad mouth rim, above the outstretched wings, its neck emerging into a loop, suspending a loose circular ring, the interior well-hollowed, the semi-translucent stone with areas of minor opaque speckling
    10 in. (25.5 cm.) across handles, box


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    Bowls of this type are known as 'marriage' bowls, and with their carefully chosen auspicious decoration, were popular in Qing dynasty China, especially under the reign of the Qianlong emperor. The winged- dragon depicted on the present lot is representative of Imperial power.

    The unusual handles of this censer depict winged-dragons. The winged- dragon as a decorative motif is first emerged on blue and white ceramics of the Ming dynasty Xuande period, and made a brief re-emergence in the Yongzheng period. It is possible that the present dragon motif was influenced by those painted on ceramics; compare with a Yongzheng-marked dragon dish, sold at Christie's New York, 22 March 2007, lot 336.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY