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    Sale 7431

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    6 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 46

    A FINELY CARVED IMPERIAL WHITE JADE 'DRAGON' VASE

    QIANLONG (1736-95)

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    A FINELY CARVED IMPERIAL WHITE JADE 'DRAGON' VASE
    QIANLONG (1736-95)
    Of flattened hexagonal section, the straight body between narrower conforming foot and neck, the front well carved in high relief with a coiled five-clawed chilong sweeping downwards, the head turned to one side in pursuit of a flaming pearl, the well-polished stone of an even pale tone with some minor paler inclusions
    10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm.) high


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    The carving on the current vase is among some of the best produced by the Imperial wrokshops. The vitality and movement of the dragon is conveyed by the fluid curve of its body and its powerful features. Its long-snouted face could be likened to that of the dragon on a yellow jade square vase in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Zhongguo yuqi quanji - 6 - Qing, Hebei, 1991, p. 96, no. 146. Compare also the white jade vase, also in the Palace Museum, Beijing, which is similarly decorated with a trailing dragon chasing a flaming pearl around the otherwise undecorated body, illustrated in ibid, p. 161, no. 239.

    See another yellow jade vase from the Mary and George Bloch Collection, sold in Sotheby's Hong Kong, 23 October 2005, lot 73, which is of flattened gu shape and undecorated apart from two chilong on either side of the neck.

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